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New U.S. citizens naturalized at Raising Cane's River Center

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Thirty four people became American Citizens on Monday at a special ceremony at the Raising Cane's River Center in honor of Law Day.

Among the people in attendance were over 600 middle and high school students who got to witness the ceremonies themselves.

"We have the United States Federal Court Judges who are here today to do the naturalization ceremony,” said Baton Rouge Bar Association President Karlie Johnson. “It is a great experience for the students and for all of those in attendance to see these new citizens of the United States of America." 

One woman who earned her citizenship was Josephine Sathiaraj. She says she was born in India but moved with her husband to the U.S. in 2006. Eleven years later, she’s completed all the work necessary to become a citizen.

"Engage in, you know, public policies and vote and just enjoy the freedom that comes with it,” Sathiaraj said. “It makes travel definitely much easier. My kids were born here so they are citizens so we just get to be citizens as a family."

After the ceremony, students went to court rooms across Baton Rouge to participate in mock trials to learn more about our local judicial system.

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