September 3, 2019 (photos 1-4): Los Angeles, CA - Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Photos by Jon SooHoo/© Los Angeles Dodgers, LLC 2019)
August 26, 2019 (photos 5-8): San Diego, CA - San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park (Photos by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres)
Our Southern California major-league ballparks played host to brand-new U.S. citizens recently, as our federal district courts partnered with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to naturalize applicants at the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers stadiums.
Fifty candidates from 40 countries – from Argentina to Vietnam – became U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony held at the Padres’ ballpark prior to the first pitch. And 15 candidates from nine countries – from Cameroon to the UK – were naturalized by the pitcher’s mound in Los Angeles.
The events were part of a nationwide initiative by the federal courts to highlight Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17th – the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution and a day that celebrates native-born and naturalized citizens. Judge Jeffrey T. Miller of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California administered the oath before thousands of cheering fans in San Diego, and Bankruptcy Judge Sandra R. Klein of California’s Central District did the same in Los Angeles – where the stadium was decked out in red, white and blue.
The federal courts have partnered with USCIS to naturalize applicants at ballparks throughout the country, honoring two great American traditions – naturalizing new citizens and enjoying our nation’s favorite pastime.
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