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April 2011

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Oath of Allegiance for New U.S. Citizens

 Oath of Allegiance for New U.S. Citizens

In the ceremonial courtroom of the Earle Cabell Federal Building and U. S. Courthouse in Dallas, Texas this month, nearly 120 new citizens took the oath of allegiance to the United States, the final step on their path to citizenship. The Northern District of Texas holds over a dozen naturalization ceremonies a year at the court, or occasionally at the Convention Center, when groups swell to over 500. As a former chief judge of the district, Judge Harold Barefoot Sanders Jr.’s portrait hangs in the ceremonial courthouse where the ceremonies are held. His favorite greeting to friends would have been particularly appropriate for these new American citizens to hear: “What did you do for your country today?”