09/17/2014Location: Education Center Time: 2:00 PM Fee Information: No fee Contact Name: Merrith Baughman Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 402-223-3514
Homestead National Monument of America is honored to host a United States Citizenship and Naturalization Ceremony onWednesday, September 17, 2014. New citizens will take their Oath of Allegiance to the United States at the ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.in the Education Center's Courtyard. The public is encouraged to attend.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. Citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling the requirements established by Congress. After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. Citizens, including the right to vote.
"The Homestead Act encouraged both immigration to the United States and migration within the country. The Naturalization ceremonies we hold today reflect the basic homesteading principle of welcoming new citizens to build our country," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.
Prior to the ceremony the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Bar Foundation will be conducting a free class for high school students fromnoon to 1:30 pm. The class will focus on the United States Constitution and the knowledge required to pass the naturalization test. Judge Paul Korslund will be talking about role of law and what judges do;Raul Escobar, a certified court interpreter, will be speaking about helping provide court proceedings in an understandable language;and Anita Mayo, Omaha attorney and naturalized citizen, will talk about her ceremony and pride in becoming an American citizen.