USCIS Naturalize 41 New Citizens onboard the Battleship New Jersey

Camden, N.J. — The Honorable Ann Marie Donio, U.S. District Court, Camden, presided and U.S. District Court

Deputy Clerk Trish Hruschka administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during a

naturalization ceremony on board the historic Battleship New Jersey on Wednesday, September 21.

 

Louis R. Moffa, Jr., President of the Camden Bar Association, was the keynote speaker and U.S. District Court

Reporter Karen Friedlander did a wonderful rendition of the national anthem.

 

The 4` citizenship candidates originated from the following 26 countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon,

China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya,

Liberia, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Vietnam.

 

Built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the USS New Jersey launched December 7, 1942, just a year after the

attack at Pearl Harbor brought America into WWII. Decommissioned in 1991, the New Jersey now serves as an

educational museum and a tribute to the brave soldiers who served on her during her long and distinguished career.

 

To highlight the importance of U.S. citizenship, USCIS often holds special ceremonies to increase public awareness

of he U.S. citizenship process. In fiscal year 2015, USCIS welcomed 729,995 citizens during naturalization

ceremonies across the United States and around the world. In New Jersey, 34,882 new citizens were naturalized in

FY2015.

 

USCIS is asking new citizens and their families and friends to share their experience and photos from their

ceremonies via social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen. For more information on USCIS and its programs,

please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.