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City helps 41 people become U.S. citizens at Naturalization Oath Ceremony

City helps 41 people become U.S. citizens at Naturalization Oath Ceremony

Forty-one citizenship candidates from 25 countries became U.S. citizens on Saturday, April 27, at City Park Recreation Center. Planned by the Westminster Public Library Immigrant Integration Committee,  this annual Naturalization Oath Ceremony allowed the candidates to earn their certificates of naturalization.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Denver District Director Kristi Goldinger administered the Oath of Allegiance to the candidates as they officially became U.S. citizens.

The 41 individuals were originally from Afghanistan, Argentina, Algeria, Benin, Burma, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Venezuela.

Speakers included Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison; Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold; Adams County Commissioners Eva Henry and Emma Pinter; Senator Bennet’s Constituent Advocate and Community Liaison Kwon Atlas; and Westminster Public Library Citizenship Class Volunteer Instructor Ahmad Golestani. 

Students from Metz Elementary’s Honor Choir performed “This Land is Your Land” led by music instructor Jesse Fernandez to close the program.  

“I was so grateful to be invited to speak at today's Oath Naturalization Ceremony,” said Pinter. “It was such an honor to stand with so many state and local elected officials and welcome the newest citizens of the United States!”

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