Citizen Contributions

Dine With Great Minds

by Staff | Feb 12, 2016 7:37 am

Contributed Photos What do world famous architect Cesar Pelli, renowned author Jelani Cobb, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, poet Reginald Dwayne Betts and Connecticut Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez have in common?  If you love New Haven children as much as we do, you can join these and other leaders for a rousing conversation over dinner in two weeks.

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An Immigrant Becomes A Citizen

by Josiah Brown | Jan 29, 2016 8:00 am | Comments (5)

On Jan. 7, at the Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford, my wife (Sahar Usmani-Brown) was among the 55 new U.S. citizens sworn in at a naturalization ceremony.

In her case, it came some 14 years after—having grown up in New Delhi—she received a J-1 visa, which was eventually followed by permanent residency in the U.S.: a “green card.”

Participants had to take an “Oath of Allegiance,” before everyone recited or read the Pledge of Allegiance, as well.

It appeared that, with the possible exceptions of Australia and Antarctica, every continent was represented among the 55 new citizens (eight of whom reportedly requested name changes).

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