Meet Virginia’s Newest Citizens: Attending a Naturalization Ceremony


Rafah Al Ameri stands alongside about 60 new citizens, saying the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time as Americans (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF)

This election year, illegal immigration has often been a talking point. So much so, it’s easy to lose sight of the country’s legal immigration process. In 2014, the U.S. welcomed almost 700,000 new citizens. It’s not an easy process, and for many it takes years. Mallory Noe-Payne attended a naturalization ceremony and filed this report.


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