October 25, 2014
You don't often see American flags among the decorations at a Halloween pumpkin patch, but this was a special day. 19 children born in other parts of the world officially became American citizens at Reno's Toll House Pumpkin Patch Friday.
You may wonder why kids between the ages of 7-months and 13-years, are seeking citizenship but the truth is they already have it. Organizers say this ceremony was just a formality. Because they are the children of American citizens, they all qualify for the same rights under the Child Citizenship Act.
Some were born out of the country or were born before their parents took the oath. That means they don’t have the paperwork necessary to get a social security number, apply for work and schools or even register to vote. After taking the Oath of Allegiance, they now have a certificate of citizenship.
For many of these young people the full impact of the day’s events hasn't hit home, but for their parents today was a milestone that will always be remembered.