Individuals from eight countries including Fiji, Mexico, Bosnia Herzegovina, and India had the special honor of becoming U.S. citizens on September 5 in Richland, Wash,. The Tri-City Herald noted that the ceremony was held at the Federal Courthouse and led by Judge Edward Shea. In special attendance at the ceremony was Rep. Doc Hastings.
During the ceremony, Hastings encouraged the new citizens to participate during local and national elections. Of the 22 new citizens, 14 registered to vote for the first time.
September 21 will also mark an auspicious day for several men and women in Pierce County, Wash. An estimated 500 people will be in attendance to see their loved ones become U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony held locally. According to The News Tribune, 100 foreign residents will be sworn in at Mount Tahoma High School auditorium.
Until recently, Pierce County residents had to travel to Seattle for their naturalization ceremonies. Three years ago, officials decided to begin hosting ceremonies locally for town residents.
“Pierce County is proud of each and every immigrant and refugee who makes the tremendous effort to complete the naturalization process,” County Auditor Julie Anderson told the source. “We embrace these new citizens and voters and want to honor them right here in Pierce County.”