LAS VEGAS — U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon administered the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony this morning at the Historic Fifth Street School.
This event is part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 18,000 people will become U.S. citizens during approximately 180 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23.
The 150 citizenship candidates originate from these 37 countries: Algeria; Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Brazil; Canada; China, People’s Republic of; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Czech Republic; El Salvador; Eritrea; France; Guatemala; Hong Kong; Hungry; India; Indonesia; Italy; Japan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Mexico; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Peru; Philippines; Russia; South Korea; Thailand; Tonga; United Kingdom; Ukraine; Venezuela; and Vietnam.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is commemorated every Sept. 17 in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill formalizing the celebration of Citizenship Day. In 2004, Congress established Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
— From news release