New Citizens Celebrate During Special Veterans' Day Ceremony



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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.

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