[New York, May 14. Image via Getty]

Maria Elena Santana Acevedo, originally from the Dominican Republic, (C) recites the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time as an American citizen May 14, 2010 in New York City. The New York office for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services holds frequent naturalization ceremonies in its downtown Manhattan office where today 183 people from 51 different nations were sworn in as U.S. citizens. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)