Local Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens
27 immigrants living in our area are being sworn in as citizens of the United States of America.
“It’s an honor to become a citizen now to be able to vote and do other things for the country and have my voice be heard,” said Maria Munoz of Mexico.
The ceremony started with the pledge of allegiance and followed with an oath to remain faithful to this country.
That oath was presented by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Shea.
Munoz said this opportunity is also beneficial for her children.
“They’re fortunate to be able to be born here and to be citizens but to have now have both mom and dad be residents and citizens is great,” said Munoz.
Anthony Solo came to the U.S. from Liberia 10 years ago and said his newfound citizenship will give him the power to help family members still living in West Africa.
“Getting my family here, especially the little ones,” said Solo. “It means a lot for them. That’s all I want to think about, their education.”)
One-by-one, each new citizen accepted their certificate.
Directly following the ceremony, almost everyone registered to vote.
Solo said he and everyone that was up there with him today has so much to contribute to this country.
“Working hard as everybody and doing the same thing as everybody who is a U.S. citizen and seeing how we can make it better,” said Solo.
The new citizens come 11 different countries including Ukraine, Egypt, Pakistan and El Salvador, just to name a few.