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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement on the National Citizenship Day of Action

Jun 16, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding June 17, 2017, the Democratic Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s National Citizenship Day of Action:

“Immigration is at the heart of our nation’s founding and our diversity should be celebrated.  People come to the United States from all over the world to pursue a better life for themselves and their families.  The decision to become a U.S. citizen is an important one and requires a demonstrated commitment to our country and our values.  Across the nation, there are over 8 million individuals who are eligible for U.S. citizenship through naturalization but have not completed the process. The cost of naturalization continues to be the biggest obstacle for legal permanent residents who wish to apply for citizenship and many people are unaware that they could become citizens at a reduced cost by using available fee waivers. 

As I have personally experienced, the American Dream is worth striving for and I support a naturalization process that allows qualified legal permanent residents to have a stronger voice in our nation’s future.  In honor of the National Citizenship Day of Action, I would like to congratulate all those who have chosen to call America home and thank them for the contributions they make to our society every day.”

For resources and further assistance with the naturalization process please visit or call (202)225-7919.