- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) - About 25 immigrants will formally become U.S. citizens during an Independence Day ceremony in Dunwoody.

Morris News Service reports the event is being organized by Bob Dallas and Alfredo Trujillo, both immigrants from Cuba who are now U.S. citizens.

The organizers say 18-year-olds in the town will recite the Pledge of Allegiance with the new citizens as a way for the teens to affirm their own citizenship as adults.

Federal officials said roughly 17,000 people take the pledge of citizenship each year in Georgia, the culmination of a legal process called naturalization. To qualify for naturalization, an immigrant must have been a legal U.S. resident for five years and pass a civics test.

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