Naturalization ceremony in St. Paul welcomes 1,000 new citizens

January 10, 2019 03:11 PM

A group of 1,000 individuals took the oath of allegiance Thursday in St. Paul to become new United States citizens.

The naturalization ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

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According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department, the citizens represent 89 countries. The top countries represented are Somalia, Burma, Mexico, Ethiopia, Laos and Vietnam.

The USCIS reports 716,000 citizens were naturalized in fiscal year 2017 nationwide.

The ceremony takes place on the same day President Donald Trump is set to visit the U.S.-Mexico border to push for increased security and a barrier wall.

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