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New Citizens Participate in Naturalization Ceremony at Community College of Aurora

In recognition of Constitution Week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalized more than 20 new citizens on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Judge Sandra Rothenberg administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony in the Rotunda at Community College of Aurora’s CentreTech campus.           

Guests and speakers included Rep. Mike Coffman; CCA President Betsy Oudenoven; Georgette Kapuku-Mabi, Colorado African Organization community navigator, and Lily Griego, Colorado community liaison for Sen. Michael Bennet.

For newly naturalized citizen Francis Ntim from Ghana, the ceremony marked an important day for him: “This is an important day in my life. I am very happy to enjoy all the benefits of the United States. We all need to have an impact.”

Jorge Lino, originally from Mexico, has owned a flooring company in the United State for 15 years: “This is a special day for me. I feel so proud because I love this country because it’s been so good [to me.]”

The citizenship candidates originated from the following 15 countries: Bhutan, Cameroon, People’s Republic of China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.

This ceremony was part of USCIS’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, which was recognized this year from Sept. 17 – 23. USCIS welcomed more than 30,000 new citizens at more than 200 naturalization ceremonies during the week-long observance. 

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