BEATRICE – On Constitution Day, the citizen population of the United States grew a little, at the Homestead National Monument of America.
Thirty-two persons of various nations took the oath to become new U.S. Citizens, at a ceremony inside the monument’s Education Center. Republican U.S. House member Adrian Smith, whose family members immigrated through Ellis Island and settled in western Nebraska, said diversity through immigration makes the U.S. strong.
:22 “our country strong”
U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf presided over the naturalization ceremony, which he said was an opportunity to focus on the importance of immigrants to the nation.
:15 “brave people”
Messages were delivered from Nebraska Congressional members to the new citizens, by staff members of U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, and House member Jeff Fortenberry.
One of the first things the thirty-two new U.S. Citizens were able to do Monday in the courtyard of the monument’s Education Center, was register to vote.