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City welcomes 59 new Americans at library naturalization ceremony

COURTESY PHOTO: HILLSBORO LIBRARY - Michael Hickman, field office director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the oath of citizenship to new American citizens Feb. 12. The ceremony took place at the Hillsboro Main Library.Hillsboro’s Main Library hosted 59 new American citizens last Friday at a first-ever event for the library.

Fifty-nine of Oregon’s and America’s newest citizens took the oath of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials in the library’s community room, an event sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Library Director Stephanie Chase served as mistress of ceremonies, leading the pledge of allegiance, introducing Mayor Jerry Willey and at the conclusion of the ceremony, distributing American flags to the nation’s newest citizens.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to do something in a positive light, for the library and for the city,” said Linda Osuna, the library’s community engagement and outreach coordinator.

Osuna began talking with Citizenship and Immigration officials last September, she said. COURTESY PHOTO: HILLSBORO LIBRARY - A few of the 59 people sworn in as American citizens last Friday take the oath of citizenship.

“They finally said yes,” she added.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Hillsboro Post 2666 served as colorguard and honorguard for the ceremony.

“Citizenship in our great country is an important aspect of our shared commitment to supporting each other. Our country’s heritage is to encourage new citizens to join us in pursuit of a better life. For those working to obtain citizenship in the United States, I encourage you to continue on your path,” said Willey.

The 59 new citizens represented 27 different countries of origin.