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Mayor welcomes newest Americans at ceremony

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On the most American of holidays, newly minted Americans celebrate the moment at the Chicago Cultural Center.  A moving naturalization ceremony featured citizen candidates, their families and friends, and the mayor of Chicago.

“Congratulations.  Cherish this moment,” Mayor Rahm Emanual told the crowd.  “This is very special. ”

Among those being naturalized today is Dr. Parsa Choudhury of Chicago, who came to the US as a scholar.   She applied for citizenship back in 1989.

“I didn’t come with the idea of becoming a citizen.  But I just wanted to keep my family together,” she says.  “That’s how it happened.”

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