USCIS to naturalize 31 new citizens at Grand Teton National Park

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will make becoming a new US citizen even more memorable this Friday morning with the backdrop of Grand Teton National Park.

Judge Kelly H. Rankin, chief United States magistrate judge for the District of Wyoming, will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 31 people from Wyoming and Idaho.

Grand Teton National Park acting deputy superintendent Victoria Mates will give an address. Nicole Madison will sing the national anthem. The Davey Jackson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is also supporting the ceremony.

The 31 citizenship candidates originate from diverse places like Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Ghana, India, Mexico, Moldova, Philippines, Romania, Russia and South Africa. They live in Evanston, Green River, Jackson Hole, Pinedale, Big Piney, Riverton, Rock Springs, Sheridan and Wilson, Wyoming; and Ammon, Blackfoot, Clifton, Firth and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The National Park Service has partnered with USCIS on promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship since 2006. Since the launch of the partnership, the NPS has hosted naturalization ceremonies for thousands of new Americans at sites across the country.

USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS naturalized more than 750,000 people in fiscal year 2018.

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