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Release Date: 01/10/13
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 ,

102 New U.S. Citizens Welcomed at Red Rock Canyon Annual Naturalization Ceremony Marks 50th Anniversary of "I Have a Dream" Speech

LAS VEGAS, NV ─ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will welcome 102 new U.S. citizens against the stunning sandstone formations of the Calico Hills on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9 a.m.
The ceremony will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., marking the year that King's "I Have a Dream" speech turns 50. The new U.S. citizens from dozens of countries embody his dream of a vibrant multicultural nation of cooperation that he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.
Las Vegas Field Office Director Leander Holston will present the candidates and U.S. District Court Judge Philip M. Pro will administer the Oath of Allegiance to more than 100 new U.S. citizens. 
This is the first naturalization ceremony to be held at the BLM’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. USCIS welcomes new citizens at historic and picturesque locations to introduce them to the nation’s most significant natural resources, which are now fully theirs to steward and enjoy.  
USCIS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for legal immigration. For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.   For more information on Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, please visit:

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9 a.m.


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Visitor Center Amphitheatre

Marie Sebrechts, USCIS,, 949-500-1544 (Cell)
Kirsten Cannon, BLM,, 702-595-2034 (Cell)
Amazing visuals for Martin Luther King Jr. Day coverage/stories.
Media with satellite trucks may arrange for parking by calling Kirsten Cannon.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 01-28-2013