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New Citizens Celebrate During Special Veterans' Day Ceremony


Naveet Tuli lives in Manteca. He says his family emigrated about a decade ago from India to avoid religious persecution. 

"I always wanted to become a citizen ever since I've been living here," says Tuli. "Of course, I'm going to live here for the rest of my life."

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service holds a naturalization ceremony once a month.  This month, it held an extra ceremony to honor 29 of its employees like Robert Velarde who are military veterans.

"Me personally, it feels good as a veteran that we're being recognized," says Velarde.  "Because, I mean, I know we have that now, but the Vietnam Veterans back in the day they never got what we have today. I think it's good that we're now recognizing the sacrifices of the veterans."

About 1,000 immigrants living in California become citizens each month.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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