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22 from 13 countries take US citizenship oath in Rutland

May 24, 2019

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Twenty-two people from 13 countries are waking up as some of the newest citizens of the United States of America.

On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy administered the oath of allegiance at the Rutland Town School.

The Rutland Herald reports Conroy told the applicants and their families that the ceremony was “in a larger sense, a celebration of our nation’s freedom.”

He says immigration and “naturalized citizenship has always been critical to the success of our nation.”

Maler Edwelve, who is from Nigeria and came to the United States six years ago, says there are more opportunities as a U.S. citizen.

The new citizens came from countries including Canada, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Sweden.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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