Immigrants sworn in as US citizens at ceremony

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A group of New Yorkers celebrated officially becoming American citizens Tuesday.

Two-hundred immigrants from many different backgrounds, ethnicities and religions became citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library.

Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services swear in about 70,000 people, hosting close to 175 ceremonies around the country during the week leading up to Independence Day.

This was the fifth year the ceremony took place at the city's main branch of the New York Public Library.

Fifty countries were represented at the ceremony, with the Dominican Republic being the most prevalent.

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