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From Marine to Citizen

In an inspiring display of patriotism, one decorated Marine became a U.S. citizen last week in a Special Naturalization Ceremony presided over by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. Lance Cpl. Nicolas Alvarado Lopez, a native of Ecuador, served in the Marines for two years prior to earning his citizenship.


Celebrating new citizens on July 4

As Americans return to work after a weekend of July 4 celebrations and fireworks, it’s a good time to remember the freedoms that we celebrate on Independence Day–and a good way to do this is to look at some stories of immigrants who recently became American citizens.


The hard path to citizenship

Writing in Time Magazine, Nate Rawlings reacts to President Obama’s recent order to Homeland Security to stop deporting young undocumented immigrants. Rawlings, a retired U.S. Army officer, notes that the recent executive order allows immigrants under 30 to stay and work in America, but it doesn’t give them a Green Card, which is necessary for immigrants to join the military or become citizens. He writes: “I would make one big exception to that rule for any of those immigrants who join the military. Anyone who’s willing to take the oath of enlistment deserves a shot at citizenship.”