CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval today participated in a ceremony in the old Assembly chambers in the state Capitol to swear in 58 new citizens representing countries from Bulgaria to New Zealand.
The new citizens range in age from 18 to 85 and are from 27 different countries.
It was the 4th annual Nevada Day naturalization ceremony sponsored by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
In his remarks, Sandoval talked about Nevada’s admission into the union in 1864 to help ensure President Lincoln would be elected to a second term.
“Lincoln himself said, and I quote: ‘The struggle of today is not altogether for today. It is for a vast future also.’ You, all of you, are now part of that future,” Sandoval said.
“Many rights and privileges come with citizenship, but so do many responsibilities,” he said. “And the greatest responsibility of them all is to see the story through. To contribute to the vast future of our nation.
“I know that each and every one of you are up to that challenge,” Sandoval said.
USCIS Reno Field Director Monica Toro administered the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens. Peter Barton, administrator of the Nevada Division of Museums and History, also made remarks.
Gov. Brian Sandoval says the 58 new citizens are now part of America’s future: