52 to become U.S. citizens Friday in Lewiston

LEWISTON — The first U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in the city will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, at the Lewiston Middle School auditorium.

At the special Flag Day naturalization ceremony (Flag Day is Thursday) applicants for citizenship will take the Oath of Allegiance and become United States citizens, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

There will be 52 candidates from 23 countries sworn in as citizens, said Eva Giles, director of Lewiston Adult Education, who is helping organize the ceremony. The 52 individuals come from 23 countries: Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jamaica, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Trinidad, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

"This is the first time it's going to be held in Lewiston; that's very exciting," Giles said. "Many times folks from Lewiston-Auburn have to go to other cities, like Portland or Yarmouth."

Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald will offer a welcome. Central Maine Community College President Scott Knapp will give some remarks, and Somali Bantu native Rilwan Osman, who helps immigrants prepare for citizenship, will lead in the pledge, Giles said. Another speaker will be Sally Blauvelt, field office director for the Portland U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

To become a citizens, candidates have to live in the country for five years, prepare for an interview and pass a test.

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Welcome and thanks for going

Welcome and thanks for going through the process to be legal citizens.
Come on up to Jay, sometime, your welcome and we have a nice area to live in.

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i hope the test

i hope the test and the saying of the pledge of is in english

Zack Lenhert's picture

I must have missed the part

I must have missed the part in the Constitution where it says everyone must speak English.

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Curious, was this even

Curious, was this even written in English?

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what is wrong with you

what is wrong with you people? these people have worked so hard to become citizens of this great country, passing a test that many american's born and educated here can't pass, and having to learn it in a different language then what they grew up with. all i can read are the subject lines and am just disgusted by it.

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BED BUGS BED BUGS BED BUGS

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SICK SICK SICK SICK

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Dave Robbins's picture

WELFAR WELFAR WELFARE

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Dave Robbins's picture

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON

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Mike Lachance's picture

Welcome to all who will be taking the oath!

Welcome to all who will be taking the oath!

Becoming a citizen is and should be the goal of all who come to the US with the intent to stay.

I do hope that in becoming a US citizen, any previous status of "displaced refugee" is washed away, and our new fellow Americans would be treated and handled the same as anyone who was born on US soil to US citizen parents.

If that is the case this is indeed a great day for these new Americans!

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