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196 immigrants become citizens at Mount Rushmore

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Nearly 200 immigrants are now U.S. citizens after taking the Oath of Allegiance at a special Independence Day ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial this week.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomed 196 new citizens from 51 countries Wednesday. The new Americans took their oath in the park's amphitheater with a clear view of the memorial.

Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken presided over the ceremony. U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Gusinsky gave a keynote address.

Gusinsky became a U.S. citizen himself in 1986.

Approximately 7,800 people will become U.S. citizens this year during more than 95 naturalization ceremonies across the nation from June 30 to July 5.


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