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September 23, 2016


Sam Mahood (916) 653-6575




Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Citizenship Ceremony in Oakland


Secretary of State Alex Padilla will deliver the keynote speech at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Monday, September 26. Secretary Padilla will be encouraging the new citizens to register to vote and stressing the importance of participating in all elections. 

1,261 new citizens, originating from 98 countries, 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 Los Angeles City Council member from 1999 to 2006 and as a California State Senator from 2006 to 2014 before being sworn in as Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. 

USCIS is asking new citizens and their families and friends to share the experience and photos at their ceremonies via Twitter using the hashtag #newUScitizen. 

Media are welcome to cover this event, and to approach new citizens for interviews. 


Secretary of State Alex Padilla 


Monday, September 26, 2016

10:00 a.m. 


Paramount Theatre

2025 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94612 


TV cameras should be set up by 9:30 AM. Secretary Padilla will be available for interviews prior to the ceremony. 


Secretary Padilla: Sam Mahood, (916) 653-6575

USCIS: Sharon Rummery

(415)248-8873 (Office); (415)987-0191 (cell)