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Hundreds attend naturalization ceremony

Posted: 4:12 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-15 01:59:09-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — 153 people were naturalized today at a ceremony held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Those at the ceremony originated from 38 countries; including Guatemala, Egypt and Thailand.

This was the third time the Tucson JCC hosted a naturalization ceremony.

"To be able to welcome new citizens into our country on Arizona's birthday, on Valentine's Day. It is just something very special that will be memorable for a long time," said Todd Rockoff, the CEO of the JCC.

USCIS says in 2019, the agency naturalized 834,000 new citizens which is an 11-year high.