Rutland to swear-in 18 new U.S. citizens

RUTLAND - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will welcome 18 new citizens from 12 countries at a naturalization ceremony at the Rutland District Court on Monday, March 8.

USCIS St. Albans Field Office Director Jean Tharpe and U.S. Judge Colleen A. Brown will lead the ceremony.

The approximately 18 citizenship candidates originate from 12 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Norway, Syria, Russia, Taiwan, and Thailand.

"It's nice to know there are immigrants that still enter the USA legally," said Michael Roster of West Rutland, a friend of one of the new citizens living in West Rutland. "My friend, as and these other good people, play by the rules; they will make good citizens. I know they will greatly value their status as new U.S. citizens. I am very proud to call these wonderful 18 newcomers fellow Americans."

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