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New Americans: 141 Immigrants Naturalized in Las Cruces

Jan 17, 2020

141 immigrants representing 19 countries became naturalized citizens on Nov. 8, 2019 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

In the third installment of a documentary series by Michael Hernandez, Rosie Miyagishima, the wife of Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima becomes a citizen, immigrants from Mexico, Ukraine, and the Philippines share stories of their citizenship, and Doña Ana County voter registration agent Virginia Beckworth talks about the importance of signing up new voters at ceremonies like this one.

Rosie Miyagishima and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima smile at a naturalization ceremony held Nov. 8, 2019 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.
Credit Michael Hernandez

Bonus Speaker: Dr. Elena Sevostianova, a research assistant professor in the department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, talks about the challenges and rewards of becoming an American citizen after immigrating from Russia in the late 1990s.