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20 individuals granted citizenship in New York ceremony

For many, it was the achievement of a long-held goal. The struggle to come to a new country, learn the laws and the customs, and to finally be granted citizenship was the triumphant journey for many individuals who called themselves immigrants. Now, 20 individuals are calling themselves citizens after a recent citizenship ceremony held in New York.

Federal judge Gary Favro oversaw the ceremonies held in Plattsburgh, New York. Reporters say that it was an emotional and exciting moment for those new citizens and their families. Typically, these types of matters are handled in a courtroom, but the latest ceremony was held in an auditorium on stage, making it reminiscent of a graduation or other formal ceremony. 

The individuals were from many locations, including Jamaica, China and India. Together, the 20 people took an oath, and the judge approved their citizenship. He also gave a short speech about what it means to be an American and proclaimed these individuals to be fully and equally Americans. The people interviewed reported feeling happy and accomplished. The ceremony was topped off by a cake and celebration. 

For many people, a citizenship ceremony such as this one is an important goal. The United States may be a place where they believe they can thrive and possibly escape oppression in their homelands. Individuals in New York wishing to become citizens of the United States may be wondering exactly how to approach the issue. An experienced immigration law attorney may be able to provide help and education on the subject of citizenship. 

Source: northcountrypublicradio.org, "Federal judge welcomes 20 new citizens at Plattsburgh naturalization ceremony", Zach Hirsch, May 3, 2018

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