The immigrant longing for a better life, a better place, is a part of most of our histories as Americans. Among the things I've learned from my immigrant ancestry is that often, what a person longs for turns out to be the most important thing—it's the start of every journey and sometimes can…
PORTAGE | Thirty-four Northwest Indiana residents became U.S. citizens Friday. They all had their own stories, their own reasons for leaving their home countries to come to America. For most, they said it was opportunity.
A total of 33 people from 13 countries became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The event was one of more than 20 naturalization ceremonies taking place this week in national parks across the co…
Sharmistha Parikh, of Dyer, center, greets family members Friday morning following a naturalization ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Mary Jo Gorman, of Hammond, from the League of Women Voters -- Calumet Area, left, helps Prakash Shah, of Merrillville, and his daughter, Krina, register to vote following the naturalization ceremony at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Janeth Gonzalez, of Hammond, center, recites the Pledge of Allegiance along with 32 other immigrants from 13 countries Friday as they become U.S. citizens during a ceremony at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
HAMMOND | Burgers sizzled on grills. Children whooped on swing sets. Firecrackers snapped, crackled and pop-pop-POPPED. For 48 immigrants taking the oath of U.S. citizenship Sunday at Harrison Park, the background racket was the soundtrack to the American dream.
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