On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden will be at Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolence to deliver remarks to welcome new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony. This ceremony is one of 120 naturalization ceremonies held throughout the nation and overseas from November 7-13 to welcome approximately 8,000 new U.S. citizens each year.
The event highlights the Administration’s celebration of citizenship and across-the-board commitment to passing commonsense immigration reform that includes a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.
Biden and President Barack Obama plan to huddle with religious leaders Wednesday to urge the House to act on an immigration law passed with bipartisan support in the Senate. Among the leaders that will meet with Obama, Biden and top aides at the White House are megachurch pastor Joel Hunter, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson and Jim Wallis of the social justice group Sojourners.
Biden and Obama are backing the immigration overhaul that passed the Senate in June. The bill has stalled in the House, and some Republican leaders have said they will not even take it up until next year.
During his appearance at the King Center, Biden will address the need for a path to legalization for 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the White House said. The event, which is open to press but closed to the general public, is expected to begin at around 2:30 p.m.
While in Atlanta, Biden will also headline a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.