Nearly 100 people become U.S. citizens during naturalization ceremony in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Nearly 100 people from more than 30 countries became U.S. citizens during a ceremony Monday in Indianapolis.

The naturalization ceremony took place at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential site. Senior U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker presided. U.S. Sen. Todd Young and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett also spoke.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said 97 people from 32 countries took the oath to become U.S. citizens.

The event was part of the organization’s annual Independence Day celebration and was one of 65 such naturalization ceremonies across the nation welcoming nearly 15,000 new citizens to the U.S.

Here’s the oath the new citizens recited Monday:

“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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