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Naturalization Ceremony for New U.S. Citizens to be Held at Miami Dade College’s Iconic Freedom Tower July 4

The National Historic Landmark is synonymous with freedom and considered by many the Ellis Island of the South as it was the site where hundreds of thousands of Cuban exiles were processed during the 1960s
Freedom Tower

Miami, July 1, 2013 -

Hundreds of new U.S. citizens will take the Oath of Allegiance at a special Independence Day naturalization ceremony at Miami Dade College’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. The event will start at 10:30 a.m.


Two hundred applicants for citizenship from 50 countries are expected to participate as well as important elected leaders and officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  This ceremony is part of USCIS’ annual celebration of Independence Day. More than 7,800 candidates will become citizens at more than 100 special ceremonies across the country and around the world from July 1 to July 5.The keynote speaker will be U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.


Known as a symbol of freedom and hope throughout the world, the Freedom Tower at MDC is the ideal venue to mark this special moment in the new citizens’ lives, just as the nation celebrates its birthday. It is considered by many the Ellis Island of the South.


Working media must arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony to clear security.




Naturalization Ceremony for New U.S. Citizens

  • WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 4, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • WHERE: Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College 600 Biscayne Boulevard

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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