This process began about 16 years ago for the Pale family, from the Phillippines.
Forty-seven applicants from 32 countries across the globe raised their hands and recited in unison their allegiance to a new land.
Forty-seven people, representing 29 countries, stood to take the oath of citizenship, renouncing allegiance to their former homelands, embracing America as their own.
September 17th was formerly called “I am an American Day” but in 1952 ‘Citizenship Day” became its official name. On that day those who seek citizenship are sworn in.
Chat Tran immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1999.
Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounced his US citizenship and now lives in Singapore. Interesting timing, says US Sen. Bob Casey.