City to recognize nearly 200 New American Citizens

September 10, 2019
Leyda Becker - (270) 393-3766
Bowling Green, KY
City to recognize nearly 200 New American Citizens

The City of Bowling Green is hosting a reception today Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, KY. to recognize nearly 200 individuals who have become naturalized United States Citizens in the last year.

The reception is led by the International Communities Liaison Division in the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and will feature recognition from Mayor Bruce Wilkerson and the City’s Board of Commissioners.  

 “This is our 5th annual Reception for New Americans and every year we are surprised at the increase in number of legal permanent residents  in our city obtaining their United States Citizenship,” adds Leyda Becker, International Communities Liaison for the City of Bowling Green, “this is an effort to recognize that our citizen base is becoming more diversified, many foreign-born immigrants and refugees are eligible to pursue naturalization and become active members of our community who want to exercise their rights.”  

The City of Bowling Green has worked to identify recently naturalized citizens through the various community partners, such as Warren County Skills U at Southcentral Community and Technical College and the International Center of Kentucky, who have been actively involved with immigrants and refugees through English as Second Language classes and helping to process applications for naturalization.  “The process of naturalization is not simple, the eligible applicant has to submit an application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  that has a costly fee, pass a citizenship exam, complete an interview process and pass a thorough background check,” explains Becker who became a US Citizen in 2011.

September is City Government Month in Kentucky which serves as an opportunity to educate the public about the most local form of government.  In addition a voter registration booth will be provided for all new Citizens who would like to register to vote during the reception as part of National Voter Registration Day, a national holiday celebrating our democracy, held on the fourth Tuesday of September.

The Reception for New Americans is a great avenue to connect our newest citizens to local government, the role of City officials and the many municipal services offered.  For more information on the Reception for New Americans and the City of Bowling Green’s International Communities Liaison Division contact Leyda Becker at (270) 393-3766 or email

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