The ceremony took place Friday morning at the Federal Courthouse.by Christopher Millette Jul 25th 2020 · 1 min read
The ceremony took place Friday morning at the Federal Courthouse.
Seventeen new United States citizens were welcomed at a naturalization ceremony Friday at the federal courthouse in Erie.
Hailing from nine countries, they took the naturalization oath, received citizenship certificates and heard from Erie Mayor Joe Schember. The countries of origin represented were Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan Syria, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Presiding over the ceremony was U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas P. Agresti.
Hearings are scheduled to take place at the Federal Courthouse in Pittsburgh at 10 a.m. on the third Friday of each month and at least twice per year in the Erie and Johnstown divisions of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Ceremonies are held in Erie about 10 times each year.
For information on the naturalization process, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. Take a sample citizenship quiz that contains some of the same questions today's new citizens answered.
The standard naturalization oath:
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."