Arlington to Host Naturalization Ceremonies for Thousands of New U.S. Citizens

by ARLnow.com August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm 5,954 30 Comments

Starting tomorrow, Aug. 18, Arlington will be hosting a month-long series of naturalization ceremonies for some 3,100 new U.S. citizens.

Seven ceremonies, from Aug. 18 to Sept. 15, will be held at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road). One will be held on Aug. 31 will be held at George Mason University’s campus in Virginia Square. In all, about 3,100 new citizens from Virginia and the District of Columbia are expected to participate in the ceremonies, we’re told.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had been holding smaller ceremonies at its field office in Fairfax but, according to spokesman Daniel Cosgrove, the agency has since decided to hold larger, less frequent ceremonies and thus selected the venues in Arlington, which can accommodate the larger events. The ceremony tomorrow at Kenmore is expected to include 400 immigrants, along with several hundred friends and family members.

Cosgrove said the events are not the “special ceremonies” which attract TV cameras and reporters on days like the Fourth of July, but they’re still open to the public.

“It’s always good to get out into the community, show people what we do and give them a chance to see this process,” he said. “It gives people an appreciation for just what a special country this is.”

Also present at the ceremonies will be several dozen volunteers from the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Arlington, who will be conducting non-partisan, on-site voter registration drives.

The voter registration effort will “make sure that all new citizens will be able to exercise their franchise,” said local LWV Voter Service co-chair Kristin Goss, who added that the League as been trying for more than a year to bring the naturalization ceremonies to Arlington.

  • JimPB

    Welcome new citizens.

    • awesomepossum

      Illegal immigration isn’t the problem. Legal immigration is. I don’t compete with illegals for my job, but I do have to compete with legal immigrants! They took our jobs!

      • Quit Whing

        FYI … you’re descended from immigrants too. It would seem that the ones that “took your job” are just smarter and more industrious than you.

        • NorthArlingTim

          + 1000

  • From the LWV, here’s the list of ceremony dates and times:

    8/18/2012 11:00 AM
    8/25/2012 11:00 AM
    8/25/2012 02:00 PM
    9/8/2012 11:00 AM
    9/8/2012 02:00 PM
    9/15/2012 11:00 AM
    9/15/2012 02:00 PM

    George Mason:
    8/31/2012 11:00 AM

  • BigJilm

    I think we should stage a motorcycle rally to show our congratulations to these new citizens.

    • nom de guerre

      I think a parade would be more appropriate with clowns and shriners on scooters and go karts. And Dr_Klan’s parade float with bros and brahs. That would be cool.

      • Ralph

        As long as there is no derecho.

        • Strong Wind

          And I suppose that you wouldn’t let your daughter marry a derecho either….your type make me want to blow my stack !!

    • internet tourettes

      I think a gun raffle would be a good follow up to the ceremony!

      • Herpderp

        raffle off a motorcycle with guns on it


  • nunya

    Congrats!! Welcome new citizens!

  • SomeGuy

    Great to see that these people are doing it legally! Congrats to them.

    • Elmer

      I agree!

    • bman

      Says who?! lol

      • Elmer

        To bman: “lol”? Why? They are gaining their citizenship the legal way which requires dedication, perseverance, hard work and study.
        They deserve our admiration and congratulations.

  • nom de guerre

    How rude and disrespectful to the community around Kenmore Middle School for the lack of timely advance notice of the event taking place tomorrow that will impact thousands of motorists traveling near the school.

    • Nag

      amen. how rude. what would jesus do.

    • Mary-Austin

      At least it won’t be every weekday like increased traffic the new school will bring.

    • congratulations!!! new citizens!!!! You can now live and work in the U.S and listen to disrespectful a$$holes complain about the time of the ceremony, without thinking about the time and money it took to become new citizens. WELCOME TO AMERICA!

  • Ivy

    This is great!

  • AL

    “We The People” will now include 3100 more!

  • NoVapologist

    This woman I work with just became a U.S. citizen about a month ago. She is really low key and all business all the time. But when I told her I heard that she had gotten her citizenship, she turned into a different person. She was so animated and excited and went on about the ceremony for like 20 minutes and practically had tears in her eyes. I don’t think that those of us who were born here truly appreciate what a huge fvcking deal this is for these people. Congratulations to the 3100 who are becoming our fellow Americans.

    • Joe

      Folks forget that those of us born here sort of hit the lottery just by being born to first world parents. It’s not an opportunity we personally earned or can claim credit for doing ourselves, but it makes a huge difference to our lives and our potential.

  • Ted

    Thanks largely to unrestricted immigration the U.S. population grew from 248 million in 1990 to 314 million today (66 million in 22 years). The Movers and Shakers (Barack Obama and Willard Romney) could care less about their own children’s future, let alone your children’s future.

    Do the math, 2.8 to 3.3 million added to the U.S. population every year equals a U.S. population of between 454 million and 469 million in 2062.

    ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is not a viable alternative.

    • brown before green

      Nice, Ted (or is that you, Ja. H?) Your trolling post conveniently forgot that a lot of people procreate — just look at the school population here (and, ahem, the Spanish-speaking population is declining in Arlington).

      What would be viable to you? For all of us to be as anxious and unhappy as you?

  • JnA

    Presidential election is between a Harvard Law School grad and a Harvard Business School grad. Environment and sustainability were thrown under the bus years ago.

  • Rick

    comment “Also present at the ceremonies will be several dozen volunteers from the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Arlington, who will be conducting non-partisan, on-site voter registration drives.”

    Hope the “non-partisan” it is not like the ones at the metro stop where they have on the sign-up table the bumber stickers of the people running for office. Like a child going to the doctor – “oh, you where such a good person, let me give you a sticker”

  • Priscilla

    I’m so happy for the new citizens! My dad is gonna be one of them, and coming from a 16 year old fluent English speaker who was a born citizen of the United States, I just have to say that this is gonna be one of the happiest moments of my life. He’s had the green card status ever since he got here, and I’m just happy that he’ll be able to shift his status to an official citizen in a couple of days. I’ve been helping him study for this for awhile now, and it’s beautiful to see someone progress in their knowledge, and really just being able to aid someone you love in the ways that you can. Congrats new citizens! c:


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