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.