FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
August 17, 2015
Contact: Sam Mahood
Secretary of State Alex Padilla will deliver the keynote speech at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony at the Fresno Convention Center on August 18. Approximately 900 new citizens are expected to take the Oath of Allegiance at this ceremony.
Secretary Padilla's parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California. His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses. Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Padilla served as a California State Senator from 2006 to 2014, before being sworn in as Secretary of State on January 5, 2015.
Media are welcome to cover this event, and to approach new citizens for interviews.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Fresno Convention Center
702 “M” Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Secretary Padilla: Sam Mahood (916) 653-6575
USCIS: Sharon Rummery, (415) 987-0191