84 immigrants pledged to support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, at the end of last week, during an emotional oath ceremony in Portland. These ceremonies usually take place every two week for a smaller amount of people, but once in a while U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services organize larger events, such as the one we are talking about.
The newly naturalized citizens came from 35 countries. Most of Maine’s new citizens are from Iran (16 citizens), Somalia, Sudan, United Kingdom and Vietnam, each of them home country for five citizens. Others came from China, India or the small Eritrea in Africa.
Many of Maine’s immigrants arrived here seeking asylum or through refugee programs. Around 12 percent of Portland’s population, the largest city in the state of Maine, is foreign-born, and 14.4 percent of households speaks a primary language other than English.
Last year, roughly 665.000 people became naturalized citizens across the U.S.
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