Liping Gao celebrates after taking the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony Wednesday at the Capitol in Salt Lake City. During the ceremony, 122 applicants from 43 countries took the oath, which was administered by Kristi Barrows, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Denver district. The new citizens come from such diverse places as Argentina, Bhutan, Bosnia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Congo, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Ukraine and Venezuela. Naturalized citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote. During fiscal year 2015, nearly 730,000 immigrants were naturalized.
Photos: 122 immigrants become U.S. citizens during Capitol ceremony
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