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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.

The Bushes hosted the ceremony that naturalized 49 immigrants from 22 countries. They stressed the beauty of the gift that immigration can be for the people coming to this country as well as for the country itself. Laura Bush pointed out that many treasured American values, such as hard work and reaching for one's dreams, are held by people around the world.

The Bush Institute recently made several recommendations regarding immigration reform, with the former president saying that he hopes the current administration has success in modernizing immigration law. The Institute wishes to see immigration policy focused around employment-based immigration while still increasing the levels of legal immigration in the future. It also hopes to find a way to give undocumented immigrants a process to earn citizenship and expand work-related visa programs.

The path to naturalization can be one that is difficult to navigate. Here in New York, those who have questions about becoming a U.S. citizen may find the assistance of an immigration attorney to be invaluable. Many people in this nation believe that immigrants make the country stronger, and there are ways to give immigrants the opportunity to prove that as true.

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