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USCIS welcomes 6,295 new US citizens

Former Brazilian mixed martial arts World Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is among the more than 6,000 new U.S. citizens to be welcomed to the U.S., July 23, 2019. Courtesy MMA USCIS will usher in two notable

Former Brazilian mixed martial arts World Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is among the more than 6,000 new U.S. citizens to be welcomed to the U.S., July 23, 2019. Courtesy MMA

USCIS will usher in two notable sports figures among the thousands during two ceremonies, Tuesday

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome 6,295 new U.S. citizens during two separate ceremonies Tuesday in the Los Angeles Convention Center-South Hal, 1201 S. Figueroa St. The date and times for the ceremonies are Tuesday, July 23, at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Two notable sports figures will become U.S. citizens at these ceremonies.

Anderson Silva, a native of Brazil is a stand-out in the Brazilian mixed martial arts, in which arena he’s known as The Spider. He’s signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship, world’s largest MMA promotion company. He had the all-time longest title reign as UFC Middleweight Champion, from 2006 to 2013, and set another record with 16 consecutive victories in that span.  UFC President Dana White and UFC Commentator Joe Rogan, along with many others, have said Silva is the greatest mixed martial artist ever.

Rafael Arutyunyan, a native of Armenia started ice skating by the time he was 7 years old in Georgia, then part of the Soviet Union. While he claims he was never unusually good at it, he was certainly good at coaching other skaters into stardom in his 40-year career.

When a skater he coached became the Soviet junior champion, sixth in the world, Arutyunyan was sumnmoned to Moscow, where he became famed skating coach Tatiana Tarasova’s assistant. He has coached Sasha Cohen, Michelle Kwan, Nathan Chen and many others; and currently coaches national and world champion skaters.

The top 10 countries represented at Tuesday’s ceremonies include: Armenia, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Iran, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam.

These monthly naturalization ceremonies highlight the successful efforts of the USCIS Los Angeles District Office to process thousands of lawful permanent residents to become U.S. citizens. The district covers the seven counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

 

 

 

 

 

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