U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross to speak at Tampa naturalization ceremony on Friday

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross will welcome 30 new citizens by speaking at a Tampa naturalization ceremony on Friday,

The Lakeland Republican will also mark the end of National Charter Schools Week, by honoring the new citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by students of Lakeland Montessori School, a regionally renowned charter school.

Ross represents Florida’s 15th Congressional District, covering parts of Hillsborough and Polk Counties, including Lakeland, Plant City, New Tampa and Bartow.

The naturalization ceremony will begin 10 a.m. on May 16 at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, 5629 Hoover Boulevard in Tampa.

According to the USCIS, the 30 citizenship candidates originate from 17 countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Germany, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Syria and Thailand.

In 2013, USCIS naturalized more than 778,000 people.

For more information, contact Katie Hughes at Katie.Hughes@mail.house.gov. To RSVP, contact Sharon.Scheidhauer@dhs.gov.

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