July 01, 2017

Naturalization Ceremonies: “It’s the Best Part of My Job”

By Judge Nanette A. Baker

As a federal judge, there is no activity more rewarding than presiding over a naturalization ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, people from dozens of different countries renounce their former citizenship and take the oath of allegiance to the United States. These ceremonies bring together families from dozens of places across the globe, and they are always joyful. In some parts of the country, hundreds of people are naturalized in a single ceremony. Ask any federal judge who presides over naturalization ceremonies, and they will tell you heartwarming stories about immigrants and their journey to become American citizens.

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