What a great opportunity! Thank you League of Women Voters for letting me participate in registering new voters at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Greer Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Center. This has been an ongoing program for the LWV for many years. There are only two centers in the state – one in Charleston and one in Greer. The ceremonies take place every Friday – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We were able to attend the ceremony and see the joy (and some tears) of the 18 people who were sworn in. It was an extremely moving ceremony.
Afterward, Linda Hardman and I registered all the new citizens except one who took the form with him. In the photo, take a look at the 94 year-old woman who is now a U. S. citizen and a registered voter. Our new neighbors come from countries all over the world – Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Ukraine, China, Canada, England, Thailand, etc.
This is just one of the many services LWV provides. If you haven’t become a member, you may wish to consider doing so. The League is a national organization with a strong Greenville chapter led by President Lawson Wetli. I’m looking forward to attending many more ceremonies.