Joint Naturalization Ceremony Held on Steps of Federal Courthouse

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On Friday, September 27, the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas and the Western District of Arkansas held a joint naturalization ceremony on the front steps of the historic Federal Courthouse that sits directly on the state line dividing Arkansas and Texas in Texarkana. This is believed to be the first event of its kind – two naturalization ceremonies conducted by two United States District Courts simultaneously.

The Honorable Robert W. Schroeder III, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, and the Honorable Barry A. Bryant, Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas, presided over the ceremony. Approximately 60 individuals from 21 countries took the Oath of Allegiance which will finalize their path to citizenship.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. Citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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This program was presented in partnership with the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas and the Western District of Arkansas and the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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