Monday, May 12, 2014

Prayer Controversy Leads to Cancellation of Naturalization Ceremony in New Jersey


Ordinarily, U.S. naturalization ceremonies are events of celebration and emotion, as newly minted citizens are publicly and formally admitted into the national community of citizens.  Not so in New Jersey, it appears.

LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom Immigration Law reports on how a dispute between Carteret, New Jersey Mayor Daniel Reiman and federal authorities over his plan to include an opening prayer at a U.S. citizen naturalization ceremony led to the event’s cancellation. Reiman said that although he assured officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that the prayer would be nondenominational, the agency declined to allow the prayer.  Because of the dispute, the ceremony to naturalize about 30 people as U.S. itizens, has been moved to Newark. 


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