New Immigrants Can Now Skip Oath To Defend The U.S.
The current Naturalization Oath reads:
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“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”
This week the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be removing the phrase: “I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law.”
Their excuse: religious objections, however you don’t have to belong to a religious order to object.
Well one thing is for sure, many Americans will have objections to that. The USCIS is therefore accepting feedback on the policy change until August 4th.
From The Washington Times:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday that it will no longer require incoming U.S. citizens to declare that they will bear arms on behalf of the United States, as stipulated in the Oath of Allegiance.
USCIS said new citizens may exclude phrases for reasons related to “religious training” or if they have a conscientious objection, including the phrase, “I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law.”