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Immigrants from 84 countries to be sworn as US citizens on Thursday

2 ceremonies to take place at Edgewood Theatre of Performing Arts

Courtesy: Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO – More than 1000 immigrants from 84 countries will be sworn as US citizens on Thursday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Wednesday.

The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday at the Edgewood Theatre of Performing Arts.

Special remarks will be provided by many of the immigrants highlighting their journey toward immigration.

U.S. citizenship is awarded to foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling requirements established by Congress, the USCIS said.

After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote. In 2016, approximately 963,000 immigrants were naturalized nationwide.

The ceremonies will be presided over by both U.S. Magistrate Judge Xavier Rodriguez and U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Chestney.

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