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'City of Brotherly Love' Hosts Special Citizenship Ceremonies for Independence Day

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On July 1, 26 new citizens from 19 countries joined the American family after taking the Oath of Allegiance from USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas in Independence National Historical Park.  The park marks the location of where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted.  This ceremony was one of three held in Philadelphia to celebrate Independence Day. A total of 102 adults and 13 children became new citizens at the Philadelphia ceremonies.

Director Mayorkas prepares to deliver a naturalization certificate, while Cindy MacLeod, Superintendent, Independence National Historical Park, offers her congratulations to the new citizen
Director Mayorkas prepares to deliver a naturalization certificate, while Cindy MacLeod, Superintendent, Independence National Historical Park, offers her congratulations to the new citizen.

Army PFC Lafiette Trowers joins her fellow new citizens in taking the Oath of Allegiance
Army PFC Lafiette Trowers joins her fellow new citizens in taking the Oath of Allegiance.

A child happily watches the ceremony
A child happily watches the ceremony.