There is another side to immigration–legal immigration. Some of the nation’s newest citizens are sworn in today in Charleston.
“Individuals that have legally gone through the process to become American citizens will become American citizens on the property at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site,” says Charles Pinckney National Historic Site spokesman Michael Allen.
Allen says about 125 people will be sworn in at a naturalization ceremony on the Charleston site.
Allen says for the past 14 years they have worked with the Department of Justice and the Department of Immigration to give individuals this American citizenship. Here’s why:
“We do this because of Pinckney’s involvement in drafting the Constitution. And being that this normally happens inside of a courtroom, but we have been given special dis to do this at the Charles Pinckney site. So why not do it at a site of a person who helped write the US Constitution,” says Allen.
224 years ago Charles Pinckney and 38 other delegates signed the US Constitution. In previous ceremonies, the new citizens sum up the day with one word: Freedom. Many of them say it is a day they waited on for a long time.