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Ceremony at Mount Vernon Estate Honors New Citizens

They came from Belarus, Vietnam, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, Bolivia, Tunisia, Brazil and Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Cambodia, Latvia, Cameroon, China, Mexico, Columbia, Canada, South Korea, Iraq, El Salvador, Pakistan, India, Sierra Leone, Honduras, Eritrea, Peru, Ghana, the Philippines, and Ethiopia. Fifty immigrants took the Oath of Citizenship on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Mount Vernon Estate in a special naturalization ceremony sponsored by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Alejandro Mayorkas presented Tsehaye Teferra with the Outstanding American by Choice Recognition Award. Teferra is the president and CEO of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.

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General George Washington portrayed by Dean Malissa speaks to the 50 new citizens and their family and friends at the conclusion of Friday’s naturalization ceremony at the Mount Vernon Estate.

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Charles Francis Keutcha of Cameroon shows General Washington (Dean Malissa) his Naturalization Certificate.

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Family and friends fill the aisles trying to capture the ceremony on their phones, cameras and tablets.

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Fifty immigrants stand and recite the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

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Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Alejandro Mayorkas presented Tsehaye Teferra with the Outstanding American by Choice Recognition Award