PHOTO: Immigrants take oath of allegiance in U.S. naturalization ceremony
Seventy-five immigrants took the oath of allegiance and became United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony in New York City Wednesday. The event was held by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the League of United Latin American Citizens convention.
Around 680,000 citizens are naturalized each year by the USCIS in the U.S. and around the world.
The oath of allegiance to the United States can be read below:
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”