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August 23, 2016


Sam Mahood (916) 653-6575




Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Citizenship Ceremony in San Diego


Secretary of State Alex Padilla will deliver the keynote speech at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at Golden Hall in San Diego tomorrow August 24 at 10:00 a.m. Secretary Padilla will be encouraging new citizens to register and vote. 

1807 new citizens are expected to take the Oath of Allegiance at this ceremony. 

“I often tell people, if you have never been to a citizenship ceremony, you should. It is a moving experience full of hope, pride and joy. To see individuals raise their right hand and pledge their allegiance, you are witnessing them as they realize a dream. It is a powerful reminder of what our nation is all about. I will never get tired of attending these ceremonies,” said Secretary of State Padilla. 

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



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

10:00 a.m.



Golden Hall

202 C Street

San Diego, CA



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: Meg Upson, (602) 462-2503 desk, (214) 208-7765 mobile