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March 2019 Archives

President Bush welcomes new citizens in naturalization ceremony

For many people who were not born in this country, their naturalization ceremony is one of the greatest days of their life. Becoming a U.S. citizen here in New York, or anywhere in the country, can be the end of an important process for those who want to make a new start in a new part of the world. At a recent naturalization ceremony, former President George W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Laura Bush, welcomed nearly 50 new American citizens to the country with words of encouragement and warmth. They mentioned their hopes for the future of not just the immigrants who became citizens but for the United States as a whole.

Governor Cuomo plans to pardon man in immigration detention

Though many people in this country disagree on issues surrounding undocumented immigrants, there are still many who come to New York and other states in search of a better life. Though many of these immigrants become law-abiding citizens, some of them feel forced to make ends meet in ways that are technically illegal. Advocates for immigrants say that each case is unique and deportation should not be applied to low-level offenders. Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently agrees, as he says he will issue a pardon to one immigrant who has been in immigration detention since early this year.

US Immigration Law: Should immigrants have driver's licenses?

All across the state of New York, communities are debating whether it is a good idea to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Supporters say that doing so would allow immigrants to legally drive, thereby strengthening their ability to be a part of their community. One city held a recent forum to discuss this potential piece of U.S. immigration law, highlighting how issuing driver's licenses regardless of legal status can benefit everyone.

Backlog of applications for US Citizenship worsens

When people decide to become citizens of the United States, they generally do so with optimism and a sense of excitement. Though they understand that legal processes must be followed, they may feel anxious to start the new chapter of their lives. Unfortunately, many cities across the country, including some here in New York, are reporting that unprocessed citizenship applications are piling up and not being processed as quickly as they have been in the past.

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