Citizenship Ceremony at Manzanar

USCIS Officers Travel to Manzanar To Swear in 14 Local People as U.S. Citizens

Submitted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services

This is the First Naturalization Ceremony Held at Manzanar

FRESNO, Calif. – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will hold a swearing-in for 14 local people at Manzanar National Historic Site on May 25. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps used during World War II to detain Japanese-Americans. USCIS chose this site in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander month, observed during May. The ceremony also observes the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which oversees the site, which is located six miles south of Independence.

Speaking on that day is the Honorable Paul M. Igasaki, Chair and Chief Judge of the Administrative Review Board at the U.S. Department of Labor. He came to the DOL in 2010 after stints with Equal Justice Works and the Rights Working Group. At the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for six years, he participated in the development of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Earlier, he’d been the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus.

USCIS invites new citizens and their families and friends to share the experience via Twitter using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

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WHEN: May 25, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Manzanar National Historic Site, NPS

5001 Highway 395

Independence, CA 93526

cover photo by Gary Young