Biden to Host Naturalization Ceremony at White Home


President Biden will hold a naturalization ceremony at the White House Friday afternoon as part of the federal government’s effort to swear in nearly 10,000 new citizens in celebration of Independence Day.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, which oversees the naturalization process, announced that it will hold 170 naturalization ceremonies across the country between June 30 and July 7, including the White House event and a virtual swearing-in ceremony for Alejandro N. Mayorkas , June 30th Secretary of Homeland Security for 22 military personnel serving abroad.

The event with Mr Biden will be the first White House naturalization ceremony since President Donald J. Trump hosted a naturalization ceremony during the Republican National Convention last August, using the insignia of presidential power during a campaign event to identify himself by previous presidents averted by many criticisms.

The five naturalized people were surprised to be invited to the White House, but some said they first learned the ceremony was being broadcast until friends told them they were on TV.

The decision to present the event during Congress also angered some Citizenship and Immigration officials, leading some to question whether Chad F. Wolf, then-incumbent Homeland Security Secretary, had broken rules that prohibit political activity. Mr. Wolf said he did not know that the event would be broadcast during the congress.

Friday’s White House ceremony will also commemorate the sharp contrast in immigration policies between the two governments. Trump’s denigration of migrants was at the heart of his 2016 presidential campaign, and he issued a barrage of orders reducing the admission of refugees; limited who is entitled to asylum; made it difficult to qualify for permanent residence or citizenship; tightened control of applicants for visas for highly qualified workers; and tries to limit the length of stay for international students.

The Biden administration intends to expand the legal immigration system and propose policies that would help more foreigners move to the United States.

In a statement announcing the ceremonies, citizenship and immigration authorities noted efforts to remove obstacles to naturalization, including ending the application of a more difficult citizenship test introduced by the Trump administration.

“USCIS reaffirms its commitment to make the naturalization process available to all those eligible,” the agency said. “The return to the 2008 citizenship test corresponded to other updates with the same purpose.”