New U.S. Citizens To Be Sworn in at the Plymouth County Superior Court in Brockton on Flag Day
Speakers will celebrate campaign to raise naturalization rates in cities like Brockton.
June 13, 2013 BROCKTON — Early on a afternoon last September, upwards of 500 area residents swarmed to a citizenship clinic offered in downtown Brockton by the Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative (GBCI), Community Connections of Brockton, and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).
GBCI works across the state with groups like MIRA and Community Connections of Brockton to help eligible immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship. The turnout was by far the largest the two-year-old organization has yet seen, suggesting the tremendous desire for integration assistance in this Massachusetts Gateway City, where upwards of one in four residents is foreign-born.
“I’ve worked in the area for 12 years, and there’s a tremendous need for citizenship assistance here,” said Juliana Langille, Executive Director of Community Connections of Brockton. “Brockton has so many people from all over the world who want to become citizens, so they can vote and participate fully in American life.”
Now, GBCI, its partner the MIRA Coalition, and Community Connections of Brockton will all participate in the citizenship ceremony held at the Plymouth County Superior Court in Brockton on Flag Day. The ceremony is part of USCIS’ annual commemoration of this patriotic holiday, but it also will commemorate GBCI’s dedication to the foreign-born residents of Brockton and other towns and cities across the state.
“GBCI is committed to helping people become citizens because we believe that citizenship is a key step in building strong, healthy communities,” says Tref Borden, Executive Director of the Fish Family Foundation. “We also believe that individuals who pursue citizenship are making a lasting commitment to their communities and to this country. GBCI wants to support all individuals willing to make this commitment.”
The event will include remarks from of the Massachusetts Superior Court Associate Justice Richard J. Chin, Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, and Massachusetts State Representative Christine Canavan, as well as welcoming remarks from Tref Borden and a leading of the Pledge of Allegiance by Juliana Langille.
- Richard J. Chin, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
- Robert Creedon Jr., Plymouth County Clerk of Court
- Linda M. Balzotti, Mayor, City of Brockton
- Christine Canavan, Massachusetts State Representative, 10 District
- Denis Riordan, District Director, USCIS District One
- Tref Borden, Executive Director, Fish Family Foundation
- Juliana Langille, Executive Director, Community Connections of Brockton
Plymouth County Superior Court
72 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
1:00 p.m., Friday June 14, 2013