U.S. Attorney Breon Peace welcomes 76 new U.S. citizens from 35 countries
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The Eastern District of New York covers more than eight million people and which makes it one of the busiest trial courts in the entire country. However, one of the biggest roles that it plays doesn’t involve a court case at all — the EDNY naturalizes between 50,000 and 60,000 new U.S. Citizens each year.
“One of the best parts of my job is being able to work on behalf of and interact with the citizens of this great district — a district that was created in 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace during a naturalization ceremony on Thursday.
“This district has a long and storied history, but to me, it is perhaps best characterized by its rich and vibrant diversity,” Peace continued. “This diversity is exemplified by the people in this room. People born on 2 continents around the globe. People of different races and religions, ethnicities and educations. People from widely disparate walks of life.”
In any given year there are between 600,000 and 800,000 new U.S. citizens naturalized, according to the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. That means that nearly In the year 2020, there were approximately 600,000 new citizens naturalized, which means that the EDNY courthouse saw nearly 10 percent of all new U.S. citizens pass through its doors that year.