New Americans naturalized as part of Independence Day celebration (10 images)

New Americans take part in a naturalization ceremony as part of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' annual Independence Day celebration on Tuesday. Photos by John Angelillo/UPI
Updated: July 3, 2018 at 3:33 PM
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New citizens of the United States of America raise their right hands when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the Oath of Allegiance.
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New citizens of the United States of America applaud with American flags.
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The USCIS will welcome 14,000 new citizens in 175 ceremonies across the nation over the next twelve days as a way to celebrate the nation's birthday.
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“The naturalization ceremony marks the end of the journey toward citizenship, just as it marks the start of new lives as American citizens,” USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. “We are humbled to be able to share in this moment of pride, joy, and personal triumph.”
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New citizens of the United States of America raise their right hands taking part in the Oath of Allegiance.
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The Declaration of Independence is emphasized throughout the naturalization test with questions like “What did the Declaration of Independence do?” and “When do we celebrate Independence Day?”
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President Donald Trump gives a video message to the new citizens.
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