Citizenship

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The New Hampshire House has delayed action on a bill that would ban anyone who is not a legal resident from the state's adult education programs.

Supporters say the roughly $4 million the state spends on adult workforce training programs should be reserved for people who can legally work in the United States. Opponents say the bill would hurt immigrants and refugees working toward citizenship. The bill passed the Senate in March but the House voted 233-97 on Wednesday to further study it.

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Eighty-one people from thirty-seven different countries became U.S. citizens Friday at the New Hampshire Statehouse.

The naturalization ceremony was the first in nearly twenty years held in Representatives Hall.

Presiding Justice Landya McCafferty says it was a special event to coincide with Constitution Week.

Luis Jimenez savored every minute of it. He came to America from the Dominican Republic in the late 1980s. Now he’s a surgeon who lives in Hollis.

“It’s a good feeling. Like you belong,” he says.