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.
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.