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City Welcomes 26 New Citizens on Tuesday

Alexandria celebrates Citizenship Day on Tuesday with keynote remarks by Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama.

The City of Alexandria will join U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in welcoming 26 new citizens at its Citizenship Day event on Tuesday.

During the event, citizenship candidates take the oath of allegiance for U.S. citizenship. Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, will make keynote remarks.

Mayor Bill Euille; members of City Council; Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Sarah Taylor, Washington District director, also will attend.

Naturalization requirements include: a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; an ability to read, write and speak English; knowledge and understanding of United States history and government; good moral character; and attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.

The Sept. 11 event also recognizes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, traditionally celebrated on Sept. 17. Civic and government groups across the country gather to discuss, honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States, and to honor native-born and naturalized citizens.

The Citizenship Day ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Market Square in front of . The city's Remembrance Day ceremony in honor of Sept. 11, 2001, will take place immediately after at 6:30 p.m. in the same location. A City Council meeting follows in City Hall at 7 p.m.

Keith Best September 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM
If these folks want a job and see the economy turn around, they need to VOTE ROMNEY/ RYAN.
Tincup September 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Or they could vote for Obama and just join the growing numbers of those on public assistance and stay at home and read a book.
Edgar Warfield September 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Where in the article does it say these folks don't have jobs? They all have, however, the demonstrated "ability to read...English." Hmm.
oldtowner September 11, 2012 at 10:50 PM
@tincup....yep, maybe they could read that book that GWB was reading when we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001....even tho he and his administration apparently had ample warning that we were going to be attacked....instead, they were fixed on a war with Iraq. That turned out well. Yep, let's hear it for the Repubs....vote for Obama.
Lee Hernly September 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Doh! Oldtowner was just outed as a truther. Sad.
oldtowner September 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM
@LH....not a "truther"....just sayin GWB and his folks ignored evidence to do what they wanted to....don't be such an apologist for GWB and his admin. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/opinion/the-bush-white-house-was-deaf-to-9-11-warnings.html

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