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Jose Canas, who is originally from El Salvador, hugs Mitchell Watts, 7, of Athens, IL, as Canas accepts an American flag during the Naturalization Ceremony at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana on Friday, March 15, 2013. Mitchell and his sister, Savannah Watts, 11, not pictured, both members of the Children of the American Revolution, were helping their grandmother, Donna Nichols, far left, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (Urbana-Champaign), at the ceremony. One hundred one new U.S. citizens, who came here from 40 different countries, were sworn in as U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal presided over the ceremony.

Photographer: 
Heather Coit
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