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Naturalization ceremony welcomes new Americans

49 immigrants from 31 countries became American citizens after a Naturalization Ceremony at Jefferson City’s United States Courthouse. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

Forty-nine immigrants from 31 countries became American citizens after a Naturalization Ceremony at Jefferson City’s United States Courthouse.

They were from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Central America. The Helias Catholic High School Concert Choir welcomed the new American citizens with patriotic songs.

37-year-old Fernando Navaro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico before taking his oath to the United States. Navaro has lived with his family in Pettis County. Navaro said the United States' current political climate needed improvement.

“I think we are going to be OK if everybody is just trying to pursue peace and trying to pursue wisdom,” Navaro said.

A federal judge administered an Oath of Allegiance to this year’s class of applicants and gave them Certificates of Naturalization. In some cases, it took more than five years to become an American citizen.

Federal officials held a Naturalization Ceremony at Jefferson City’s U.S. Courthouse every spring.

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