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Wed July 2, 2014

More Than a Thousand Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens at Turner Field

As the saying goes, there’s nothing more American than Mom, apple pie and baseball. So, it seems fitting that a group of more than 1000 new U.S. citizens may end their first day as Americans with a Braves game.

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There may be citizens who emigrated from 120 countries in the stands for Wednesday night’s Braves game against the New York Mets.

During a naturalization ceremony at Turner Field Wednesday morning, Braves President John Shuerholz congratulated the new citizens.

Braves President John Shuerholz addresses more than 1000 new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony Wednesday at Turner Field.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

“I commend you and your ancestors, your parents and your grandparents, for the work they did, for the dedications they made, for the sacrifices they made, and you have made, to put yourselves here in this place today, on the brink of becoming a citizen of the greatest nation on  planet Earth,” he told the crowd.

Afterwards, Jacqueline Davis, who emigrated from Jamaica, summed up how it felt to become a citizen.

“Wonderful,” Davis said. “All of my friends are calling me American now, so I love it.”

Davis and the other new citizens received two free tickets to Wednesday night’s game.