Ninety-nine immigrants became US citizens in a Las Vegas naturalization ceremony held to coincide with the Fourth of July, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
The new citizens, who were originally from 33 different countries, came together to take their oath of citizenship and waved American flags as they sang Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” US District Judge Lloyd Goodman presided over the ceremony, along with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and John Kramar, the district director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the newspaper reports.
“Las Vegas is proud of our diversity,” Goodman said. “Today, we’re a better city than we were yesterday because you’ve become part of the fabric that makes this an international city and a great place in which to live.”
This was the sixth consecutive year Las Vegas had held a naturalization ceremony around Independence Day. The paper said 2,300 people will gain US citizenship in similar ceremonies across the nation in the days preceding July 4.
Those applying for US citizenship must be permanent residents for five years, have a good grasp of the English language and pass a test of US history and civics, according to USCIS.