By Clinton H. Wallace/PhotoMundo International for Diversity News Magazine.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Los Angeles District Office 23 of USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) held new citizenship oath ceremonies for more than 7,100 people. The location was the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street South Hall “H-J” in Los Angeles, California 90015 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
One of the new U.S. citizens was our own Esteban Escobar aka Steven Escobar who arrived from El Salvador, Central America to the United States in 1989. Per Steven Escobar, the venue will have a special space in his heart and the month, day and year will mean a new chapter in his life. After 25 years and 11 months Steven Escobar becomes a new U.S. Citizen. This means a lot to him and it is another big accomplishment in his life.
“Today’s new U.S. citizenship oath ceremony was and will be a memorable and unforgettable experience. The Los Angeles District Office 23 of USCIS officers and staff were very professional and they ran a very organized event.” said Steven Escobar, Multi-Award Winning, President and Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine and President of Diversity News Publications.
When people arrived, they were told to make a line to go through the metal detector scanner and then they walked to the next room where a table was located. They showed their appointment letter to the officers. There, the officers told them to report to a table to get their certificate of naturalization after the ceremony was over. The oath ceremony was about 15 – 25 minutes long, and then the staff/officers called the new citizens by rows. People were told to look for the table number that was written on their appointment letter. When they arrived at the table, they were asked to turn in their green card and the letter. At those tables, they were handed their citizenship certificates.
“Once again I want to thank the staff and officers of the USCIS for running a smooth, very organized new citizenship oath ceremony. Also I want to acknowledge 3 very important key players and friends in my life: Zoe Herrarte for encouraging me to apply and become a U.S. citizen, Linda England and Clinton H.Wallace for being there with me and witnessing my citizen oath ceremony. Once again, thank you.” Concluded Mr. Escobar.
Joining in witnessing Steven Escobar’s new U.S. citizenship oath ceremony was this photographer/writer and Linda England.
“Congratulations Steven Escobar!!! Much success in all that you do throughout life. You are a blessing to so many people! You have accomplished so much, and now as the President and Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine, you just keep on doing the marvelous things you have envisioned. The best is yet to come!” said Sylvia Johnson Kittrell, principal at Sylvia’s Graphic Creations and Hollywood’s Graphic Designer.
On April 20, 2015 when Steven Escobar passed the civics/history and language tests he wrote on his Facebook: “WOW! Who knew this would happen when I arrived in June 1989 in the United States of America. I have been living by the rules and following the laws, learning the language, working hard, filing/paying state and federal taxes, and being a good person. After 25 years and with encouragement from my friend Zoila Herrarte (Thank you Zoila!) I did it and yes I passed my citizenship interview tests. Yeah I am happy. Thank you.”
Per the USCIS press release the candidates, lawful permanent residents who have met all the requirements for citizenship, represented more than 130 countries. Eleven members of the Armed Forces also joined the group of soon-to-be U.S. citizens taking the oath.
The top ten countries represented at Wednesday’s ceremonies were: 1) Mexico; 2) Philippines; 3) Iran; 4) China; 5) Vietnam; 6) El Salvador; 7) South Korea; 8) Guatemala; 9) India; and 10) Armenia.
These monthly naturalization ceremonies highlight the successful efforts of the Los Angeles District Office of USCIS to process thousands of lawful permanent residents to become citizens of the United States of America. Also as of date of this article, Esteban Escobar aka Steven Escobar has applied for his U.S. passport.
Now that Steven Escobar is a new U.S. citizen, he will be able to vote in local and federal elections. He also intends to help new people become U.S. Citizens, get involved in government organizations, and continue making a difference in the United State of America.
About Esteban Escobar aka Steven Escobar:
Esteban A. Escobar (born in El Salvador, Central America on September 6th and U.S. Naturalized on May 20, 2015) is a multi-award winning American journalist, reporter, editor, columnist, writer, producer, director, publicist, radio personality, entrepreneur, accounts receivable specialist, humanitarian and philanthropist. For more information visit his website at: http://stevenescobar.diversitynewspublications.com
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It performs many administrative functions formerly carried out by the former United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), which was part of the Department of Justice. The stated priorities of the USCIS are to promote national security, to eliminate immigration case backlogs, and to improve customer services. USCIS is headed by a director, currently Leon Rodriguez, who reports directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security. For more information visit: http://www.uscis.gov
Photos credit to: Clinton H. Wallace/PhotoMundo International.
Graphic designs by: Sylvia Johnson Kittrell/Sylvia’s Graphic Creations.
Sources: USCIS and Wikipedia