DEARBORN,Mich. – Forty immigrants from several different countries will become official citizens of the Land of the Free at a naturalization ceremony to be held at Dearborn Public Library. In cooperation with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Dearborn Public Library will host its first naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 22 at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue.
“This is an important day in the lives of our new citizens and we are honored to be a part of it,” said Maryanne Bartles, Library Director.
The Honorable Gershwin A. Drain, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, will preside over the ceremony that will feature a keynote address by Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. The Dearborn Police Honor Guard will present the colors. The ceremony will also include a pre-recorded video message from President Barack Obama.
The path to U.S. citizenship is a rigorous one. Citizen candidates must be a permanent resident of the United States for at least five years; be able to speak, read, and write English; and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government. Approximately 12,000 new citizens are naturalized in Michigan every year. The most common countries of origin represented are Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Mexico, India, and Canada.
Dearborn Public Library offers ESL conversation circles to assist adult English language learners with pronunciation and speaking practice. For more information about ESL or other Library programs, please call 313-943-2330 or visit the library homepage at www.dearbornlibrary.org