Final week, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Martin Heinrich, D-NM–each sons of naturalized U.S. residents–despatched A letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS) Appearing Director Kenneth Cuccinelli requesting that the company enhance small in-person ceremonies and hunt down different strategies for eligible immigrants with authorized naturalization functions to securely take part in U.S. Citizenship Oath of Allegiance Ceremonies.
In an effort to forestall the unfold of COVID-19, and in compliance with pointers and proposals from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC), USCIS quickly suspended in-person companies in March. This pause has left eligible people with out a chance to take part in naturalization ceremonies, a authorized requirement for U.S. citizenship.
The total textual content of the letter is under.
Expensive Appearing Director Cuccinelli:
As our nation recovers from the general public well being results of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re writing to respectfully request that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS) take all obligatory measures to make sure eligible immigrants with authorized naturalization functions have a chance to securely take part in U.S. Citizenship Oath of Allegiance Ceremonies, together with remotely administering oaths of allegiance and increasing small in-person ceremonies, in accordance with preventive measures beneficial by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) and native public well being authorities.
As you might be conscious, on March 18, 2020, USCIS quickly suspended in-person companies to assist gradual the unfold of COVID-19, leaving over 100,000 people with out a chance to take part in naturalization ceremonies, a authorized requirement for U.S. citizenship. Additional, all eligible immigrants have accomplished all USCIS necessities, together with passage of each a citizenship interview and citizenship examination, an intensive background examine by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and assembly all residency necessities.
America’s exceptional spirit is rooted in our variety, historical past, and tradition, which has all the time been enriched by our immigrant communities. We’ve got had the privilege of assembly many eligible candidates and sharing their inspiring tales. Immigrants make extraordinary contributions to our economic system and provides again to their communities. Oath of Allegiance Ceremonies are a fantastic step ahead of their lives and likewise for our nation.
Our immigrant communities have helped write the financial, social, and cultural story of America. Accordingly, we urge USCIS to make sure eligible candidates have a chance to take part in U.S. Citizenship Oath of Allegiance Ceremonies to grow to be residents and are capable of proceed to contribute to our nice nation.
Thanks on your consideration to this vital matter.