A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Jewell to Deliver Keynote Remarks at Naturalization Ceremony in Seattle
Office of the Secretary
Event to be Held at Refugee Women's Alliance in Celebration of Women's Equality Day
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.