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Immigration Services welcomes new American citizens

With his official certificate as a naturalized American citizen, Kwi Tae Kim, right, receives his voter registration packet from Baldemar Garcia, Sacramento County Elections Department. Kim moved to California in 1992 from Seoul, Korea, and came to Folsom in 1994, where he operates a dry cleaners in the Central Business District. His wife is from Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Roberta Long
With his official certificate as a naturalized American citizen, Kwi Tae Kim, right, receives his voter registration packet from Baldemar Garcia, Sacramento County Elections Department. Kim moved to California in 1992 from Seoul, Korea, and came to Folsom in 1994, where he operates a dry cleaners in the Central Business District. His wife is from Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Roberta Long

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services came to the Folsom Public Library for the Naturalization Ceremony for new American citizens.

Patsy Johnson from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services congratulated the 40 people who had completed the rigorous process to receive citizenship. She emphasized that leaving their homelands is not an easy choice and they could have remained in the United States as legal residents.

The program included a Color Guard from a local Boy Scout Troop, the “Star Spangled Banner” played by 13-year-old violinist Katya Begun, the Oath of Allegiance, remarks by President Obama, the Pledge of Allegiance and an address by Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell.

The 40 new Americans came from 21 different countries: Belarus, Burma, Fiji, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Nigeria, The Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.

A reception for the new citizens and their families followed the ceremony.

Oath of Allegiance

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;

SO HELP ME GOD

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