50 new American citizens sworn in as immigration debate continues

50 new American citizens sworn in

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – While the immigration reform conversation grows in Washington, an Independence Day tradition continued in Northampton.

50 new american citizens were sworn in.  They’re here from 26 different countries.  This is the 6th straight year Northampton has held a naturalization ceremony on July 4th.

Becoming a United States citizen isn’t an easy process and sometimes language barriers get in the way.  One new citizen came here when he was two.

“Living here for 20 years, it wasn’t really a bad process for myself personally, having public education and all that,” said Westfield’s Paul Jedziniak.

Congressman Jim McGovern attended the naturalization ceremony.  There’s an estimated 11 Million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.  Rep. McGovern told 22News comprehensive immigration reform is much needed.

“Legal immigration in this country is an arduous and difficult task, we need to fix that and make it more user friendly.  Secondly we ought to demonstrate a little bit of compassion to the people that are here in this country who need to get to the point where they become citizens,” said U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D).

Congressman McGovern blamed House Speaker John Boehner for blocking the most recent immigration reform law.

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