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April 14, 2017



Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Speak at Citizen Naturalization Ceremony in Sacramento


SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will deliver the keynote speech at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the Secretary of State’s Office in Sacramento on Thursday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. 

Approximately 80 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,” Secretary of State Padilla said. “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.” 

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. 

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

Media are welcome to cover this event, and to approach new citizens for interviews. Media planning to attend should RSVP to


California Secretary of State Alex Padilla


Thursday, September 14, 2017 
10:00 a.m. 


Secretary of State Office
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA   95814


TV cameras should be set up by 9:30 a.m. Secretary Padilla will be available for interviews after the ceremony.


Secretary Padilla: Sam Mahood, (916) 653-6575
USCIS: Sharon Rummery, Mobile: (415) 987-0191 Office: (415) 248-8873 (office)