U.S. Citizenship’s Final Step: The Oath | The Daily 360 | The New York Times

U.S. Citizenship’s Final Step: The Oath | The Daily 360 | The New York Times


My understanding of America is
a land and a country where, maybe above
anything else, there is an understanding
and a recognition of what each and every one of its
members, of its citizens, can bring to the building
of a greater country. Candidates please,
and I know we practiced this, please raise your right
hand and repeat after me: I hereby declare on oath that I absolutely
and entirely, renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity
to any foreign prince, potentate, state or
sovereignty, of whom or which I have here to for been a subject or citizen. That I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of United States of America. And that I take this
obligation freely without any mental reservation, or purpose of evasion, so help me God. It’s a huge moment for me, being a citizen and citizenship
to me is just fully embracing and fully contributing to this,
to this country that I will now call mine.

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