Going to hell in a handbasket…
Nearly 2,000 people become U.S. citizens in St. Paul
Nearly 2,000 Minnesotans from 93 countries on Wednesday raised their right hands and promised their allegiance to the United States at a pair of swearing-in ceremonies in St. Paul.
The newly naturalized included Israel Pinner, originally of Mexico. The 31-year-old’s family was granted asylum when he was 5.
Pinner said the right to vote motivated him to start the process of applying for citizenship.
“I’m not going to get political or anything, but it is important that communities come together that if we do want to see change that we put our voice out there, that we put our ballots out there,” Pinner said.
The number of people becoming citizens in this country reached a five-year high in fiscal year 2018. Roughly 757,000 took the oath of allegiance in fiscal year 2018 — a 16 percent increase over four years, according to a recent report from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. More than 9,400 of those naturalized in 2018 were Minnesotans.