A group of 150 people became America’s newest citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Springfield Technical Community College Tuesday.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno went to STCC to watch the group take the Oath of Allegiance.
“As a son of Italian immigrants, I am happy to be with each of these individuals as they officially become citizens of the United States of America,” Sarno said. “Our country is a melting pot and the traditions brought from our home countries are an important piece of the fabric of our nation.”
It’s a six-year tradition at STCC hosting the naturalization ceremony. The men and women born in countries across the world came together Tuesday afternoon to begin a new chapter in their lives as American citizens.
“It is a long process starting from getting your visa and getting a green card, it’s a really long process,” said Lucie Trienen who was born in the Czech Republic.
The new American citizens come from the following 59 countries: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burma, Cape Verde, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Congo Kinshasa, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam.
They take pride in having attained American citizenship. It’s what they always aspired to be from the first moment they arrived in western Massachusetts.
A process they dreamed of going through from the day they arrived in the United States. The new citizens told 22News, how grateful they are for the help making their American Citizenship dream a reality.
Native of India Subhransu Maji teaches at the University of Massachusetts.
“The university has a lot of resources for employees who work there, for example, the Massachusetts teachers can help you with the process,” said Maji.
“It is a privilege to be a U.S. citizen, so when you come here, you have to go through the process of becoming a citizen of the United States,” Sarah Yankson, said a native of Ghana.