Jan 11, 2020 5:46 PM

153 new US citizens take oath Friday in Wichita

Posted Jan 11, 2020 5:46 PM
<b>Students from&nbsp;Hamilton Middle School in Wichita present the colors at the naturalization ceremony Friday.</b> Photos by&nbsp; the&nbsp;Wichita metro Daughters of the American Revolution&nbsp;
Students from Hamilton Middle School in Wichita present the colors at the naturalization ceremony Friday. Photos by  the Wichita metro Daughters of the American Revolution 

WICHITA -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed 153 new United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony Friday.

The ceremony was held at Wichita State’s Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex. U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten presided.

<b>Some of the new U.S. citizens.</b>
Some of the new U.S. citizens.

The citizenship candidates originated from 36 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Congo (Kinshasa, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Ireland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

The new U.S. citizens live in Andover, Augusta, Bel Aire, Coffeyville, Colby, Derby, Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, Hesston, Hugoton, Independence, Kinsley, Liberal, Macksville, Newton, Plains, Quinter, Salina, Satanta, Syracuse, Ulysses, and Wichita.

<b>Celebrating after the naturalization ceremony.</b>
Celebrating after the naturalization ceremony.

During fiscal year 2019, 834,000 people were naturalized at ceremonies throughout the country and around the world, an 11-year high.