Tyler Wombles Knoxville News Sentinel Published 5:08 p.m. UTC Jul 25, 2018 As Tracy Nguyn prepared to leave the City-County Building with her certificate of United States citizenship in hand, she reflected on how the day marked a change in her life forever. "It feels great," said Nguyen. "Like I was born again today." Nguyen, 24, was one of approximately 200 East Tennessee immigrants representing more than 48 countries to officially become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Knoxville presided over by U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra C. Poplin on Tuesday afternoon. The event marked the completion of the naturalization process, which grants citizenship to those who fulfill certain requirements. Knoxville typically hosts a few naturalization ceremonies each year. This was the third ceremony of the day. "I think this is a great honor and is a blessing to become a U.S. citizen," said Nguyen, of Chattanooga. "Many people here, including me ... … [Read more...] about Some 200 East Tennessee immigrants become U.S. citizens at Knoxville ceremony
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByPatricia Mazzei July 23, 2018 MIAMI — Norma Borgoño immigrated to the United States from Peru in 1989. A single mother with two children, she set roots in the Miami suburbs, finding work as a secretary, dedicating herself to her church and, earlier this year, welcoming her first grandchild, a girl named Isabel, after Ms. Borgoño’s middle name. She took the oath of citizenship in 2007, a step she felt would secure her status in her adopted homeland. But hers, it turns out, is not a feel-good immigrant story: The Justice Department has moved to revoke Ms. Borgoño’s citizenship, an action that could eventually force her to return to Peru. Federal prosecutors in May filed a rare denaturalization case against Ms. Borgoño, 64, accusing her of committing fraud when she applied for … [Read more...] about Congratulations, You Are Now a U.S. Citizen. Unless Someone Decides Later You’re Not.
How big is the backlog? The anti-immigration statements by President Donald Trump during his campaign and after his election prompted a surge in citizenship applications from immigrants living in the country legally, immigrant advocates said. Many were green card holders who wanted to become U.S. citizens because they were concerned they could lose their legal resident status under Trump’s policies. Trump’s ban on travel from several Muslim-majority nations and increases in arrests by immigration agents have affected green card holders, even though they are living in the country legally. Critics call the backlog in citizenship applications the “second wall” keeping immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens. Under the Obama administration, there were 380,639 pending citizenship applications at the end of 2014. At the current rate of processing under the Trump administration, it would take the U.S. 25 years to get back to that level, the report found. … [Read more...] about It’s like crossing a ‘second wall.’ The wait to become a U.S. citizen grows longer. Here’s why.
U.S. North Korea detainees U.S. North Korea relations Japan Kim-Trump Summit For more than a decade, the Sneddon family has been trying to make sense of the disappearance of their son David, who went missing while traveling through southwestern China in 2004. Chinese authorities have indicated he had died or drowned while hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge, but his parents always believed it more likely that he was languishing in a Chinese jail. But then came a third possibility—that he was abducted by North Korean agents. In 2016, Choi Sung-yong, head of South Korea’s Abductees Family Union, said sources in Pyongyang had told him that Sneddon, who would now be 38, was teaching English to none other than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He reiterated this claim in 2017 during an interview with Voice of America. Recommended Slideshows 51 50 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States 51 50 Best-Selling Albums in U.S. History 51 In … [Read more...] about Did North Korea Kidnap a U.S. Citizen in China? Family Hopes Singapore Summit Will Help Bring Their Son Home
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Wonkblog Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Christopher Ingraham by Christopher Ingraham Email the author May 21 at 12:09 PM Email the author A woman holds a sign that says in Spanish, “you, me, we are America!” during a rally in San Diego in support of President Barack Obama’s plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation in 2015. (Gregory Bull/AP) Last Wednesday, a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Montana stopped and questioned … [Read more...] about Millions of U.S. citizens don’t speak English to one another. That’s not a problem.