Immigrants become new citizens

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by Cynthia Price
Legal News

In a mildly chaotic but touching  ceremony Wednesday afternoon, approximately 80 people from foreign countries became naturalized citizens of the United States.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman, Jr. led the new citizens through the swearing-in ceremony, which requires an actual session of court.

After the colors were advanced by a group of three young men and one young woman, and The Star-spangled Banner was sung, Brenneman called out the names of the candidates’ 36 countries of origin to demonstrate the great diversity of their heritage.

Individuals and groups stood when they heard their nation’s name, and although Mexico was the largest contributing country at 14, the new U.S. citizens came from far and wide, ranging from the United Kingdom to Iraq to South Africa to India.

The judge was very accommodating in posing with the naturalized citizens while family members and loved ones took photographs after the ceremony, in some cases joined by their young children.

The Voices of Freedom Choir contributed musical selections.