NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 –
Hundreds of immigrants took the oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States yesterday morning at Raley Field — the last step in what for many was a deeply meaningful commitment to become U.S. citizens.
Over 1,300 people were expected for the mass naturalization ceremony in West Sacramento. Featured speakers included Michael Biggs, field office director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Sacramento, and featured speaker K. Maurice Johannessen.
Johannessen is a retired state senator who himself came to the U.S. from Norway. He’s the father of Mark Johannessen, a West Sacramento City Council member.
Where did all these new immigrants come from?
According to the Citizenship and Immigration Office, 235 of the new citizens came from Mexico, 226 from the Phillipines and 129 from India. Twenty-two of the participants were the sole representatives of their respective former nations.
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