Secretary Jewell to Deliver Keynote Remarks at Naturalization Ceremony in Seattle


Event to be Held at Refugee Women’s Alliance in Celebration of Women’s Equality Day


08/23/2013

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SEATTLE, WA – On Monday, August 26, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will deliver keynote remarks at a naturalization ceremony for approximately 20 candidates for citizenship hosted at the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle. Secretary Jewell, who immigrated to the United States with her parents from England as a young girl, will also help to present certificates of citizenship to the candidates, some of whom entered the U.S. as refugees.

The event highlights the Obama Administration’s across the board commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform. Secretary Jewell will highlight the economic importance of providing a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.

This month, the White House issued a report, detailing how a range of economic research concludes that immigrants who live and work in the U.S. earn far less than their potential, pay a smaller amount in taxes, and contribute much less to the country’s economy than they would, given the opportunity to gain legal status. The report estimates that providing earned citizenship for these workers would boost U.S. GDP by $1.4 trillion over 10 years in additional tax revenue, and add about 2 million jobs to the economy.

WHO:
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Someireh Amirfaiz, Executive Director, Refugee Women’s Alliance
Anne Corsano, District Director, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services
Approximately 20 candidates for citizenship

WHAT:
Naturalization Ceremony and Keynote Remarks

WHERE:
Refugee Women’s Alliance
4008 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South
Seattle, WA    

WHEN:
Monday, August 26, 2013
1:00 p.m. PDT


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