The 30th annual naturalization ceremony took place Saturday, July 4th at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.
We were there and asked some of Seattle’s newest citizens what the process was like, and what they’d like to do now that they have citizenship.
Country of Origin: El Salvador
Seattle Weekly: What are you most excited for?
Rivas: To vote! It decides who represents us.
Country of Origin: Sierra Leone
SW: What was the hardest part of becoming a citizen?
Karbo: It’s a long process, but I thank god that it is over. It’s just a lot of work.
Constanza Palma Gonzalez
Country of Origin: Columbia
SW: What are you most excited for?
Gonzalez: I now have all the rights and the obligations of an American citizen. I wish that I can do something worthy of praise for this country.
Country of Origin: Romania
SW: What made you want to come here?
Zhou: For American dreams. For a better future for family.
Country of Origin: Philippines
SW: Why did you want to come to America?
Lamom: I want to work and have an opportunity, and have greener pastures. I want to vote.
*PUBLISHED ON THE SEATTLE WEEKLY WEBSITE*
**EDIT WAS MADE TO ONE OF THE QUOTES**