By SOFIA CHAVEZ and DEBBIE GALANT
Forty immigrants from 23 different countries took the oath of citizenship on the campus of Montclair State University today, becoming naturalized citizens, as the university celebrated Constitution Day by honoring its newest citizens.
Constitution Day, which falls on Sept. 17, marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution at the U.S.Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. In addition to the swearing-in ceremony, Montclair State held panel discussions with immigration lawyers and student immigrants.
“Watching people who have a choice about where they can live, about what country they want to adopt, come to the United States because of what we stand for makes us all stop and think about what a wonderful place America is,” said Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, who attended the ceremony.
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