Cumberland County welcomed 39 new citizens last Friday during its annual Naturalization Ceremony. The new citizens, representing 23 countries, took their oath in the county’s Historic Courthouse and received certificates of naturalization from Cumberland County Prothonotary Dale Sabadish.
“Welcome to our 39 new Cumberland County Citizens!” said Sabadish. “We are proud of all these individuals who have devoted countless hours over many years to the citizenship process. Congratulations as you celebrate your first day as citizens of the United States of America.”
Candidates were presented to the Court by Melvin Roy from the United States Department of Homeland Security. Welcoming remarks were given by the Honorable Michelle H. Sibert. The oath, given by The Honorable Carrie E. Hyams, followed. David Buell, prior Cumberland County Prothonotary, led the applicants and those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Gregory Katshir, Esquire, Cumberland County Bar Association President, spoke of the many opportunities available to our new citizens in a welcome address. Sabadish then presented the Certificates of Naturalization. The Honorable Albert H. Masland delivered closing remarks. A reception hosted by the Carlisle Area Civic Club followed the ceremony.
The citizens hailed from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, China (People’s Republic), Congo (Kinshasa), Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Nepal, Peru, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand and Ukraine.
For information on the naturalization process, contact the Prothonotary’s Office at: (717) 240-6195, or email: Prothonotary@ccpa.net. For copies of original naturalization papers and the history of naturalization inventory from 1798 to 1942, visit: www.ccpa.net/121/Prothonotary.