Largest Naturalization Ceremony in STL
Date: 9/19/2008 Album ID: 597124
964 immigrants from more than 100 countries became U.S. citizens today at Chaifetz Arena with U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Ann Medler presiding. Saint Louis University's School of Law, Public Interest Law Group, Campus Ministry and the Student Conduct Board co-sponsored the ceremony.
About a thousand immigrants from more than 100 countries wait in line to take the oath to become U.S. citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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Lily Hencken (center) of Eureka hugs her husband Bill Hencken while getting in line to become a U.S. citizen at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Hencken is from Colombia but has been living in the United States since she married her husband, a U.S. citizen.  Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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Mariano Marin Gomez prepares to signs his paper to become a United States citizen at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Marin Gomez says he is embracing the U.S. fully. He is from Costa Rica but has lived in the United States since 1991. He wore his Boy Scouts leader uniform to the ceremony because he said as a group, the Scouts promise is to serve our country.  Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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Mariano Marin Gomez signs his paper to become a United States citizen at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Marin Gomez says he is embracing the U.S. fully. He is from Costa Rica but has lived in the United States since 1991. He wore his Boy Scouts leader uniform to the ceremony because he said as a group, the Scouts promise is to serve our country.  Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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Lily Hencken (center) of Eureka talks with another Latina woman waiting in line to sign papers to become a U.S. citizen at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Hencken is from Colombia but has been living in the United States since she married her husband, a U.S. citizen.  Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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Luz Antonieta Baldeon of Maryland Heights prepares to sign a paper with the help of her friend Arnulfo Garza that will make her a United States citizen at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Baldeon is from Peru but has lived in the United States for 25 years. Garza said Baldeon didn't sleep the night before she was so excited. The government in this country is very good. I'm very excited for today, Baldeon said. Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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About a thousand immigrants from more than 100 countries wait to take the oath to become U.S. citizens as members of the court enter the gymnasium at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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Brand new U.S. citizens hold flags a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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About a thousand immigrants from more than 100 countries take the oath to become U.S. citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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From left, Etis Masic, Emina Masic, Enis Masic and Enver Masic of South County applaud after Emina and Enver became United States citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. The Masics are from Bosnia but have lived in the United States for 10 years. The boys were born in the United States and already have citizenship.  Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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Yixian Chen, right, hugs Corbett Group after becoming a United States citizen at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Group petitioned for Chen to come to the United States from China. Group came to know Chen through her husband. Group donated a kidney to him several years ago. Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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Luz Antonieta Baldeon of Maryland Heights waves goodbye after becoming a United States citizen at a Naturalization Ceremony at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, the largest naturalization ceremony in St. Louis history. Baldeon is from Peru but has lived in the United States for 25 years. Her friend Arnulfo Garza said Baldeon didn't sleep the night before she was so excited. The government in this country is very good. I'm very excited for today, Baldeon said. Elie Gardner | Post-Dispatch
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