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5,000 scheduled to become U.S. citizens at the L.A. Convention Center

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles and Southern California will welcome 5,026 newly naturalized citizens on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Hall “H-J”. The candidates, lawful permanent residents who have met all the requirements for citizenship, represent more than 112 countries. Candidates representing most branches of the Armed Forces will also be among those taking the Oath of Allegiance.

The top eight countries represented at Thursday’s ceremonies will be: 1) Mexico; 2) Philippines;3) China; 4) El Salvador; 5) Vietnam; 6) Armenia; 7) Iran; and Korea. These monthly naturalization ceremonies highlight Los Angeles District Office 23’s successful efforts to process thousands of lawful permanent residents to become citizens of the United States of America. During Fiscal Year 2010, nearly 66,000 candidates for citizenship became naturalized U.S. citizens in USCIS District 23 which covers the seven counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo.

This is the most unique court proceeding in the federal court judiciary system since cameras and the media are permitted inside during the ceremony. However, the working press corps must still follow strict guidelines while in attendance to preserve the decorum of the court proceedings. Anyone who violates the guidelines will be escorted out. Filming of the judge at any time is strictly prohibited.

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