New U.S. citizen gets welcoming presidential letter; but not from Trump


New United States citizens customarily receive a welcome packet containing a letter typically signed by the sitting U.S. president. However, a recent new citizen was issued a letter signed by former President Barack Obama.

The husband of Aisha Sultan, a syndicated columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, received the letter Friday in his packet for new U.S. citizens.

Sultan took to Twitter to highlight the error, posting, “My British-born husband takes his oath of citizenship today. In the packet for new Americans, the welcome letter from POTUS is from Obama.”

The congratulatory letter, in which Sultan’s husband is referred to as “My fellow American,” encourages him to “be involved” in his community and “promote the values that guide us as Americans: hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism.”

“We embrace you as a new citizen of this land, and we welcome you to the American family,” the letter read.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services cited an administrative error which caused approximately 200 letters signed by Obama to be sent to new U.S. citizens. Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, 300,000 applications of citizenship have been approved.

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