More than 100 Arkansas residents representing 37 countries swore an Oath of Allegiance and became U.S. citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the Old State House Museum on Tuesday, July 26.
The Department of Arkansas Heritage was pleased to work with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to host the event, which was attended by more than 250 family members and friends, as well as the 101 new citizens.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered the keynote address at Tuesday’s ceremony. He encouraged new citizens to vote, “give back” and enjoy Arkansas.
“You have much more to do and to offer Arkansas and the United States of America,” Hutchinson said.
According to USCIS, the youngest person naturalized was 19, and the oldest was 80. Also among those naturalizing were a preschool teacher from Pakistan, a professor of cancer biology at UAMS, a family of five from Argentina, an Arkansas Children’s Hospital nurse from Finland, an owner of a car dealership from Honduras and a UAMS physician from India.
The newly naturalized candidates originated from 37 countries: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Yemen.