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Jeb Bush celebrates his family’s newest U.S. citizen

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stood next to his wife, Columba, and son Jeb Bush Jr. at a Sweetwater fundraiser last May. Jeb Bush Jr.’s wife, Sandra, became a U.S. citizen Friday.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stood next to his wife, Columba, and son Jeb Bush Jr. at a Sweetwater fundraiser last May. Jeb Bush Jr.’s wife, Sandra, became a U.S. citizen Friday. EL NUEVO HERALD

Jeb Bush’s daughter-in-law raised her right hand Friday and pledged allegiance to the United States as a newly naturalized citizen.

Sandra Bush, who is originally from Canada, attended a Miami citizenship ceremony along with her husband, Jeb Bush Jr., and father-in-law, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Ana Santiago said in a statement. All three Bushes live in Coral Gables.

Jeb Bush, the former presidential candidate and Florida governor, posed for photographs with others who took part in the ceremony or attended with their loved ones, according to a tweet by Bush Jr.

Jeb Bush, who speaks fluent Spanish, often spoke sympathetically about immigrants on the campaign trail. His granddaughters, he liked to say, are “Texan-Mexican-Canadian-Iraqi Americans.”

Reporters might have covered the ceremony, but USCIS didn’t send notice of the 9 a.m. event until 8:08 a.m. One photographer who nevertheless managed to show up in time was told the swearing in began much earlier, at 7:30 a.m.

Bush has kept a relatively low profile since ending his candidacy in February.

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