Friday, 21 June 2019 16:47

Newest U.S. citizens sworn in in Bangor

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BANGOR - Maine has two dozen new citizens.

They became U.S. citizens during a ceremony Friday at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building.


A man from Jamaica said he sought asylum in the U.S. in 2012 because of his sexual orientation.


"It's a bittersweet feeling when you leave a place where you were born and grew up in and you had to run away from that place. It does leave a hole in your heart," said Wesley Wiggins-Mehlman.


The new citizens come from 14 different countries. A court clerk said citizenship ceremonies are typically held twice a year in Bangor.

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