GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. District Court District of Colorado will welcome 21 new U.S. citizens Wednesday in a ceremony at the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher will administer the Oath of Allegiance.
Gallagher will be joined by federal, state and local officials in welcoming the new citizens and guests. Other notable speakers include representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Hispanic Affairs Project and the Mesa County Library Literacy Program.
The citizenship candidates originate from 10 countries: Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Nepal, North Macedonia, Norway, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam. They live in Aspen, Battlement Mesa, Carbondale, Delta, Durango, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Montrose, New Castle, Rifle, Silt, Steamboat Springs. They range from age 24 to 88.
USCIS encourages new citizens and guests to share their naturalization ceremony experiences and photos through social media, using the hashtag #NewUSCitizen.
USCIS naturalized approximately 625,000 people in fiscal year 2020. More than seven million people have applied online for immigration benefits. To file online, individuals must first create a USCIS online account at myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (on front steps)
400 Rood Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
CONTACT: Debbie Cannon, USCIS public affairs officer, office: 720-852-6917; cell: 202-281-6615, email email@example.com;
NOTES: Media should arrive 30 minutes early. RSVP to the contact above. Media are required to wear a face covering and may conduct interviews with new citizens after the ceremony, while maintaining social distancing protocols. When photographing new U.S. citizens’ certificates, have them cover up their personal information.