USCIS Welcomed Over 21,000 New Citizens on Constitution and Citizenship Day
September 17, 2021 was Constitution and Citizenship Day. USCIS celebrated this day by welcoming over 21,000 new citizens across its field offices from September 17-23.
The US Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 and the observance of the day began in 1940. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed into law that September 17 also be known as Citizenship Day and in 1955 President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the first Constitution Week in the US.
“It is an honor to welcome so many new Americans this Citizenship Day and Constitution Day,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou. “Citizenship Day and Constitution Day are special days at USCIS – an agency where many people come to work every day to help those at home and abroad realize the full meaning of U.S. citizenship. As we take time to reflect on what citizenship means to each of us, let us share in the commitment to invest fully in this country’s promise to be a place of hope and possibilities for all.”
In celebration, USCIS reinstated the Outstanding Americans by Choice (“ABC”) initiative, which was paused in November 2017, to honor immigrants and their contributions to this country. The ABC initiative recognizes the significant achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens through civic participation, professional achievement, and responsible citizenship. USCIS will honor these recipients throughout our Constitution Day and Citizenship Day ceremonies.