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Newest Citizens Take Oath in Mount Vernon
WTOP Radio ^ | May 22, 2006 | Hank Silverberg

Posted on 05/22/2006 6:15:38 PM PDT by Pharmboy

WASHINGTON -- The debate in Congress over immigration reform may be stalled, but that has not stopped the American dream from coming true Monday in Mount Vernon.

About 100 people from 42 countries became U.S. citizens during a special ceremony at the home of George Washington. It's an annual ceremony co-hosted by the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution.

Some of the country's newest Americans told tales of long waits for paperwork and background checks. But Neyza Alba of Bolivia said the lengthy process was worth it.

Emilio Gonzales, the director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services, says the administration is working to clear up any backlog.

"It may very well have been issues where they needed more documentation or there was a question about their name in a name check."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bolivia; dar; georgewashington; naturalization
Neyza Alba, welcome to America. You must be pretty smart if you were able to fill out all the forms correctly. I wish you all the best.
1 posted on 05/22/2006 6:15:41 PM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: indcons; Chani; thefactor; blam; aculeus; ELS; Doctor Raoul; mainepatsfan; timpad; ...
I liked this story and thought it deserved a ping to the RevWar/Colonial History/Gen. Washington list.

The General and Lady Washington were among the most hospitable people and would have welcomed this ceremony at their home.

Freepmail me to get ON or OFF this list.

2 posted on 05/22/2006 6:21:16 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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"The General and Lady Washington were among the most hospitable people and would have welcomed this ceremony at their home."

Well, George married 'up' by marrying Martha. I've read that it was Martha's silverware that was used to 'stamp' the first US coins.

3 posted on 05/22/2006 7:32:26 PM PDT by blam
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Yep--no question, Col. Washington married up. Martha Parke Custis was the richest widow in the colonies when they met in 1758. They were absolutely devoted to each other.

After he died, she never slept in their bedroom again, but stayed on the third floor at Mount Vernon. She died a few years after The General.

4 posted on 05/22/2006 7:45:20 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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To: Pharmboy

Thanks for the ping!

That story made my monitor blur up a little.


5 posted on 05/23/2006 8:33:51 AM PDT by confederacy of dunces (Workin' & lurkin')
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To: confederacy of dunces

Darn monitors! Maybe we can program them not to blur up on stories about how great this country is...but then again, they wouldn't be quite as lovable if we did that. ;-)


6 posted on 05/23/2006 10:42:20 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must)
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Mong Hien Thi Tran, left, Solange Ferreira Alves and Kirill Mendel Fridkin celebrate after reciting the oath of citizenship at a ceremony to honor new U.S. citizens at George Washington's Mt. Vernon estate on Monday. (DONNIE BIGGS / POTOMAC NEWS)

There's something special about watching legal immigrants becoming US citizens.

7 posted on 05/23/2006 10:45:34 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Pharmboy

Nice story...

BTTT


8 posted on 05/23/2006 2:49:02 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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