Nearly 1,000 immigrants sworn in as U.S. citizens

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Nearly 1,000 immigrants from 52 different countries are now U.S. citizens.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. District Judge David Guaderrama swore in 998 new citizens at the El Paso County Coliseum on Thursday.

Officials say the oldest immigrant, Ventura Villarreal Marquez, 91, and the youngest, Karen Cristal Barron, 18, were both naturalized from Mexico.

According to a news release, the new citizens can now enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights, and responsibilities granted by the constitution to native-born citizens.

Officials say about 5,300 immigrants were naturalized thorugh the El Paso Field Office during fiscal year 2018.

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