New citizens to take Oath of Allegiance in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Fifty-one candidates for U.S. citizenship are set to take the Oath of Allegiance aboard a decommissioned Naval ship in Buffalo.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says Thursday’s ceremony is an early start to the federal agency’s annual celebration of Independence Day. More than 95 naturalization ceremonies are planned around the country through July 5.

The Buffalo candidates are from 25 countries, from Afghanistan to Zambia.

U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara will preside over the ceremony on board the U.S.S. Little Rock at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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