Iowa Cubs host Naturalization Ceremony at Principal Park

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23 new citizens, from 14 different countries, took their citizenship oath today at Principal Park, home of the Iowa Cubs. Photo Tar Macias / Hola Iowa
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On Tuesday, July 6, the United States Citizenship and Immigration services, Des Moines Field Office, held a naturalization ceremony with the Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines Federal court, on the field at Principal Park.

The ceremony for 23 candidates — representing 14 different countries — started at 6:30 p.m. These are the new citizens: 

Valentina Husza,r Serbia

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Sunil Sunam, Nepal

Lora Han Yu, China

Niyondiko Pascal, Burundi

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Augustine Momoton Mulbah, Liberia

Jesus Yepez Jr, Mexico

Edwin Sarmiento, El Salvador

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Rose Le, Vietnam

Nshimirimana Petro Faida, Burundi

Mekonen Solomun Enderias, Eritrea

James Dweh Ragland Sr, Liberia

Larry Trinh, Vietnam

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Shoghla Amiri, Afghanistan

Princy Joachim Kaniki, Congo (Kinshasa)

Miguel Solano Hernandez, Mexico

Ahmad Yara Ebrahimi, Afghanistan

Karson Kha Le, Vietnam

John San Cung Ceu, Burma

Khrih Thawng Ceu, Burma

Eva Luna Ramos, Mexico

Veronica Garcia, Mexico

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Prabin Baraily, Nepal

Viktoriya Blidchenko, Ukraine

The Iowa Cubs first hosted a citizenship ceremony in 2009. It is now an annual event, with 396 new citizens welcomed during the first 12 years.

Last year due to COVID-19 restrictions this event was held on September 17, 2020 — Constitution Day — This event replaced the traditional July 4 pre-game ceremony as the Iowa Cubs 2020 season was canceled. Per the City of Des Moines guidelines, masks were worn by the attendees and their guests and social distancing was practiced as the candidates were spread out all over the baseball field. 

Also last summer, Principal Park hosted an informal Citizenship Week, June 22-26, when 487 new citizens were naturalized in a drive-thru process outside the stadium. Also this year a similar drive-thru event on June 24 helped naturalize 141 new citizens.

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