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Suburban immigrants become U.S. citizens

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  • Irish Melody Buenconsejo of Rosemont wraps herself in the American flag after receiving her certificate of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony Friday in Schaumburg.

       Irish Melody Buenconsejo of Rosemont wraps herself in the American flag after receiving her certificate of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony Friday in Schaumburg.
    photos by Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Pawel Gogola of Algonquin holds his daughter, Natalie, while watching his wife, Wioletta, of Poland receive her citizenship Friday during a naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

       Pawel Gogola of Algonquin holds his daughter, Natalie, while watching his wife, Wioletta, of Poland receive her citizenship Friday during a naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Hue Ngo of Mount Prospect waits with her daughter, Kourtney, for her mother, Sang, to receive her citizenship.

       Hue Ngo of Mount Prospect waits with her daughter, Kourtney, for her mother, Sang, to receive her citizenship.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • More than 70 people became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library Friday.

       More than 70 people became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library Friday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Agnieszka Klosek, originally from Poland and now living in Lake Zurich, receives her citizenship certificate Friday.

       Agnieszka Klosek, originally from Poland and now living in Lake Zurich, receives her citizenship certificate Friday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • More than 70 individuals received their citizenship at a naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library Friday.

       More than 70 individuals received their citizenship at a naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library Friday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

More than 70 immigrants became Americans on Friday during a naturalization ceremony at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg.

The proceeding includes an oath of allegiance:

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

Each immigrant had to pass a test before becoming a U.S. citizen. To see sample questions, visit www.usimmigrationsupport.org/citizenship-test.html

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