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America, Brandon welcomes immigrants: New citizens sworn in at Neshobe School

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Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Evan Johnson



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STANDING UNDER THE big American flag in the gym at Neshobe School in Brandon, 62 candidates took the oath to become U.S. citizens on May 10. Photo by Lee J. Kahrs. Below left, Muntakanok Abare of Thailand, one of the 62 new citizens who took the oath in Brandon. Below right, Francois Clemmons, Emeritus artist-in-residence at Middlebury College, invites a roomful of new and longtime American citizens to join him in singing Woody Guthrie's “This Land is Your Land.” Photo by Evan Johnson

BRANDON — They came from Thailand, Somalia, the Philippines, Canada, Sweden, Mali, Bhutan and more, but at the end of the May 10 naturalization ceremony at the Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon, 62 candidates from 29 countries left as Americans.

The event filled the school auditorium with elected officials, area residents, students and teachers. Even U.S. Rep. Peter Welch was on hand to be the first to welcome the newest citizens, the largest group ever gathered for the annual ceremony in Brandon.

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