NEW YORK – A special naturalization ceremony is being held in New York's Central Park in honor of World Refugee Day.
Twenty people from 12 different countries are being sworn in as new Americans on Monday evening. Most of them are refugees or asylum seekers.
The special event is being held at The Delacorte Theater, an amphitheater best known as a venue for free Shakespeare performances.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens. The ceremony will be followed by a series of readings and performances celebrating refugees.
People who come to the U.S. as refugees or asylum seekers are eligible to apply for citizenship after five years in the country.