Chicago welcomed 73 #NewUSCitizens from 32 countries during a naturalization ceremony at Cantigny Park on November 13.
U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton presided over the naturalization ceremony. Lt Governor Stratton said,
“To our new American citizens, who we welcome from 32 countries all around the world: you are shaping the future of this country, and you give us a new story to tell. Thank you for bringing your dreams to the United States of America and congratulations to our newest citizens!”
.@CantignyPark served as the perfect stage for a naturalization ceremony with moving speeches by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin and @LtGovStratton, who welcomed 73 #NewUSCitizens from 32 countries. Thanks to @Chicago_BB for their special performance! pic.twitter.com/mnjM2aVEBE
— USCIS (@USCIS) November 20, 2023
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