Big Naturalization Ceremonies Return
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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After a one-year hiatus, federal immigration officials tomorrow will resume large-scale citizenship ceremonies in Sacramento.
Over the years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would
hold monthly naturalization ceremonies in Sacramento for hundreds
of people at a time…at venues like The Crest Theatre and the
Sharon Rummery with USCIS says the ceremonies were always
"They start with the singing of the national anthem and the
calling of the nations from which all of the people come from and
cheering and excitement and then everybody stands up and they take
an oath of naturalization."
The federal court in Sacramento used to preside over the
ceremonies but relinquished responsibility to USCIS a year
Rummery says that's when the agency decided to hold small
daily oath ceremonies for new citizens.
"But after a year of doing that we feel like it's more
convenient for them, more memorable for them to do it this
Big naturalization ceremonies resume Wednesday morning at 10
o'clock at the Sacramento Convention Center. More than 1,000 new
citizens from nearly 100 countries will be sworn in.