21 refugees in Albuquerque to become U.S. citizens

Created: 06/20/2014 7:31 AM
By: APNewsNow, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nearly two dozen refugees are scheduled to become U.S. citizens at a special ceremony in Albuquerque.   

Twenty-three immigrants, including 21 refugees, are slated to be naturalized Saturday as part of a "World Refugee Day" celebration at the Cesar Chavez Community Center.      

Amanda Michelle Orta, of Catholic Charities Center for Refugee Settlement & Support, says these candidates for citizenship come from all over the world, including Iran, China, Nepal and Rwanda.         

Following the ceremony, advocates will host a "World Refugee Day" celebration aimed at honoring the contribution of refugees in New Mexico and giving residents a chance to learn more about various programs.  

Orta says the plight of refugees is gaining more attention recently because of Central American migrant children along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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