A preview photo of a collection of portraits of immigrants

Naturalized in an Oakland landmark, new citizens share their stories

on October 22, 2013

For thousands of immigrants each month, the last stop on the road to U.S. citizenship happens not in a fluorescent-lit federal building, but in the gilded halls of Oakland’s Paramount Theatre.

For the last several years, the downtown landmark has been hosting up to two naturalization ceremonies a month, under the guidance of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The most recent one, which took place on Wednesday, Oct. 16, drew more than 1,200 people from 101 countries. For many, the ceremony was the last step in a years- or even decades-long journey.

Oakland North talked with these new U.S. citizens just after the event ended.

1 Comment

  1. Viki Hwang on November 10, 2013 at 2:58 am

    How lucky all of the immigrants are. We can hear how joyfully they share that they have their new homes in USA or be Americans.

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