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71 immigrants become citizens in Chicago ceremony

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – More than 70 immigrants are celebrating the Independence Day holiday by becoming U.S. citizens.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administered an oath Wednesday to a group of people representing 32 countries.

The ceremony was part of Chicago's New Americans Initiative, a city effort to help eligible immigrants become citizens.

Emanuel said it was fitting to welcome new citizens on the day before July 4, when the nation celebrates its independence.

He also said it's time to call on the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration legislation. Emanuel supports a measure passed by the Senate last week that provides a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. unlawfully.

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