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New Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance at Red Rock Canyon

New Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance at Red Rock Canyon

 

More than 100 people became new citizens of the United States of America Monday, during a ceremony at the Red Rock National Conservation Area.

The ceremony was scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

This is the first naturalization ceremony to be held at Red Rock Canyon. U.S. District Court Judge Philip M. Pro administered the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens that hailed from dozens of different countries.

"We come from India and we definitely don't have this kind of opportunity and freedom.  We find America very embracing, and that equality and freedom we highly value. We do not take that for granted," Michelle and Annie Abraham who became U.S. citizens said.

It can take years from the time that immigrants apply for citizenship for their paperwork to be finished. For the Abrahams, it took five years to get to this day.