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Jun 22, 2012 1:30 PM

20 refugees, all children, to be sworn in as new citizens tomorrow

TUCSON - Twenty new citizens, all children, will be sworn-in tomorrow during the annual Tucson Refugee Fest.

The ceremony includes children originally from Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Somalia, Sudan and Uzbekistan, and they range in age from 8 to 18.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Western Region Director Carolyn Muzyka will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the refugee children. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and County Supervisor Richard Elias will welcome the refugees.

Tucson World RefugeeFest is held annually to commemorate World Refugee Day, a tribute to the remarkable courage and determination of tens of millions of refugees uprooted by war and violence. Tucson has become a safe haven for more than 11,000 refugees who have started new lives free from persecution. World Refugee Day honors their remarkable courage and amazing spirit.

The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Maracana Indoor Sports Arena at 555 E. 18th Street.

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