AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) - Nearly 30 people are becoming U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony in the Francis Marion National Forest northeast of Charleston.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is holding the ceremony for 28 people at the Sewee Visitor & Environmental Center in Awendaw on Wednesday.
Those becoming citizens are from more than 20 nations including China, Russia and the United Kingdom.
The ceremony is being held in Awendaw as part of a government effort to make such ceremonies more accessible for those who don't live in major metropolitan areas.
The government says that during the first six months of this year, 2,400 people became new citizens in ceremonies in South Carolina.