Janet Napolitano to visit Boston for naturalization ceremony
Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security Secretary, will visit Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, for a naturalization ceremony that will take place during Constitution Week, according to the Boston Herald.
More than 5,000 immigrants will join Napolitano for the ceremony, which is being held just before the anniversary of the singing of the U.S. constitution, which took place September 17, 1787. This will be the second time that Fenway Park hosts such a ceremony. The stadium is available because the Red Sox are currently playing in Seattle.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there will be a number of similar ceremonies held across the country, including another ceremony in Boston to take place at historic Faneuil Hall. New citizens will also be sworn in on the steps of the Lincoln Monument and the Smithsonian Museum, in the nation’s capital.
Many of these immigrants came to the U.S. to seek out new opportunities for work so that they could send money home to family members who are still living abroad.
According to The Department of Homeland Security, 1,130,181 immigrant obtained legal permanent resident status in 2009, an increase of more than 30,000 from the previous year.