100 people from 40 countries become U.S. citizens in Spokane

One hundred people from 40 nations became U.S. citizens in Spokane on Tuesday.

The naturalization celebration coincided with Constitution Week and Citizenship Day. The commemoration honors both the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and an observance that began in 1940.

“I Am an American Day” began in 1952, based on a law signed by President Harry Truman. President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the first Constitution Week in 1955.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services joined with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Washington District for the ceremony at CenterPlace at noon. The ceremonywas one of over 316 ceremonies, welcoming 34,300 new citizens, nationwide.

The new citizens had the opportunity to register to vote shortly after the ceremony.

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