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By Pilar Owens
TALON 

EIGHT NEW AMERICANS TAKE THE PLEDGE

NEW AMERICANS NATURALIZED IN CEREMONY AT AZTEC RUINS

 

October 5, 2018

BACK, DANIELLE MONTANO, CANADA. FRONT L-R, RODOLFO MOSQUEDA AND WIFE NENITA MOSQEDA, PHILIPINES. "I HEREBY DECLARE, ON OATH, THAT I ABSOLUTELY AND ENTIRELY RENOUNCE AND ABJURE ALL ALLEGIANCE AND FIDELITY TO ANY FOREIGN PRINCE...".

Photos and story by Pilar Owens, TALON

"Good morning and welcome to this special day," said Albuquerque Immigration Services Officer Anthony Derieux, Friday September 29 at a naturalization ceremony at Aztec Ruins in the Great Kiva.

On their website http://www.uscis.gov, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) defines naturalization as "the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)."

Five Mexican, two Filipino, and one Canadian immigrant became U.S. citizens at Friday's ceremony. They raised their right hand and repeated the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America. As soon as the last word of the oath passed their lips, they became Americans. Four Aztec JROTC cadets presented the colors and Hoyle Osborne accompanied Jane Voss on the keyboard as she sang the National Anthem. Later she told TALON it was the "first time in my long career that I've been hired to sing The Star Spangled Banner."

USCIS Albuquerque Field Office Director Jesse Mendez asked the eight new Americans what the first three words of the Constitution are. They promptly answered, "We the people."

"That is you today more than ever before," said Mendez.

Aztec Ruins Park Ranger Nathan Hatfield took the podium next. He said there's "nothing more American than national parks," and that Aztec Ruins is "the most perfect place" for the naturalization ceremony because ceremonies have been held there thousands of years before America was a country.

Ernest Vallo Sr. of Acoma Pueblo spoke next. He recounted his ancestor's migration across the Bering Strait and the Four Corners area to their present home.

After the ceremony, the participants enjoyed cake at the rear of the Visitor Center.

 

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