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On Friday, February 3rd, twenty-one people and their families gathered in the First Baptist Church at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. The families came to witness the final step in the naturalization process; the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
The twenty-one people publicly renounce their allegiance to their native countries, and declared their allegiance to the United States of America; pledging to defend the US Constitution and to bear arms on behalf of the United States when required.
The new citizens are from eight different countries: Canada, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Iran, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam.
Kim Vo of Vietnam told Visalia Times-Delta reporter Eric Woomer that it was “a dream come true.”