City of Dallas hosts second naturalization ceremony for Dallas residents
In celebration of National Immigrants Day, the City of Dallas hosted a naturalization ceremony in collaboration with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday, October 28, 2022.
In the ceremony, 35 citizenship candidates from 18 different countries swore their Oath of Allegiance and became naturalized US citizens. The ceremony took place on National Immigrants Day, where we recognize and celebrate our long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world and value their contributions that add to our nation’s blend of cultures, customs, and traditions.
President and CEO of Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, Steve Miff, served as guest speaker and focused on the message, “Write your own history to make this country a better place than how you found it, for your kids and future generations.” Additionally, Dallas Police Department served as color guard and Michael Childs from the Office of Arts and Culture Community Artist Program sang the national anthem. Council Member Jesse Moreno of District 2 and Council Member Paul Ridley of District 14 were also in attendance to congratulate the newly sworn-in US citizens. Following the ceremony. The League of Women Voters aided with voter registration and the Dallas Public Library provided information for ceremony guests on local resources related to ESL and civic classes to distribute among their family, friend, and neighborhood networks.
A recording of the naturalization ceremony can be viewed here:
For more information on how to become a naturalized citizen, Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs Division has developed a list of federally recognized nonprofit organizations in Dallas that that have been BIA accredited to provide free or low-cost legal assistance to submit the N400 application to become a naturalized US citizen. The public can view this list via this link bit.ly/Dallascitizenship or call the WCIA phone number 214-671-5087 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive a referral.