Judd Weil-News Director
[FORD COUNTY, Kan.]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. District Court of Kansas will welcome 150 new U.S. citizens Tuesday, June 21 at United Wireless Arena.
Chief Judge Eric F. Melgren will administer the Oath of Allegiance. Oscar Gonzales, the Department of Agriculture assistant secretary for administration, will deliver congratulatory remarks.
“This is a very large ceremony, and it rare for us to conduct one in Dodge City,” said Debbie Cannon, USCIS Public Affairs Specialist.
The citizenship candidates originate from 31 countries: Albania, Belize, Brazil, Burma, Canada, China, Congo (Kinshasa), Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Laos, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
The citizenship candidates live in Arkansas City, Bird City, Colby, Conway Springs, Dodge City, Elkhart, Garden City, Goodland, Great Bend, Hays, Holcomb, Hugoton, Ingalls, Johnson, Kingman, Lakin, Liberal, Montezuma, Moscow, Park City, Rose Hill, Saint John, Satanta, Scott City, Spearville, Tribune, Ulysses, Wellington, and Wichita.
The USCIS encourages new citizens and guests to share their naturalization ceremony experiences and photos through social media, using the hashtag #NewUSCitizen.
The event will take place 2 p.m. and the United Wireless Arena is located a 4100 Comanche Ave.