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Local Children Celebrate Citizenship Day

L.A. children celebrated Citizenship Day by taking their oath of allegiance and getting a visit from a very special guest.

In Los Angeles, a group of children clamored into the L.A. Central Library and took their oath of allegiance to become naturalized American citizens. Today marks the 228th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution and the celebration of Citizenship Day. 

The 80 children representing 37 countries were invited by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to be sworn in with throngs of parents there to support their children.

“Everywhere from Mexico to Ethiopia,” USCIC District Director Susan Curda said about the children. “It really is demonstrative of what this country is all about.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the celebration, where he announced the launch of the Step Forward website.  A part of the mayor’s step forward campaign, Garcetti hopes that these initiatives will help residents who want citizenship to be able to get the information they need easily.

Also taking part in Citizenship Day was the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, whose mission is to help immigrants gain citizenship.  They offered an orientation and free workshops to get the process of naturalization started.

Citizenship Day is a new beginning for many Americans that may benefit prospective citizens in the future.


This is awesome. We should make becoming naturalized more of celebration to incentivize others to go through the process.

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