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150 Become Citizens During Two Ceremonies in New York
New York District Director Phyllis Coven provided the opening remarks and presented the candidates for naturalization. An honor guard from U.S. Customs and Border Protection presented the colors. Jonael Santiago, 2015 winner of “La Voz Kids,” sang the national anthem.
USCIS Director León Rodríguez administered the Oath of Allegiance and welcomed the new Americans as new citizens in a land of possibilities. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas provided keynote remarks and presented the Outstanding Americans by Choice recognitions.
Director Rodríguez provided the motion to the court to administer the Oath of Allegiance. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson gave congratulatory remarks and distributed the naturalization certificates to the new U.S. citizens. Judge Dora L. Irizarry read remarks from Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court, who was unable to attend.
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