The path to U.S. citizenship went through Georgia for nearly 13,500 immigrants during the first three quarters of 2014, according to new government data. 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta was one of the busiest in the region, being at the center of a territory that also includes Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. 

A special naturalization ceremony will be held for 80 new citizens at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Jan. 16 at 8:30 a.m.

The event is part of a nationwide campaign to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by recognizing the promise of justice opportunity for all Americans — especially the country’s newest citizens, according to USCIS. 

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