200 people become new U.S. citizens in Phoenix - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

200 people become new U.S. citizens in Phoenix

Posted: Updated:
  • ImmigrationMore>>

  • Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
    Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.
  • Some Arivaca residents upset over Border Patrol checkpoint

    Some Arivaca residents upset over Border Patrol checkpoint

    A battle is brewing in one Arizona Border Town over what some residents say is taking over their way of life. They're not talking about migrants crossing the border; their fight is with Border Patrol.
    A battle is brewing in one Arizona Border Town over what some residents say is taking over their way of life. They're not talking about migrants crossing the border; their fight is with Border Patrol.
  • DACA two years later seen as opportunity for some, backdoor amnesty for others

    DACA two years later seen as opportunity for some, backdoor amnesty for others

    It's been two years since President Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. It allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as kids to work and pursue their education without fear of deportation.It's a day of celebration for some, and also evidence of a continuing deadlock when it comes to immigration in America
    It's been two years since President Obama started the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. It allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as kids to work and pursue their education without fear of deportation.It's a day of celebration for some, and also evidence of a continuing deadlock when it comes to immigration in America
PHOENIX -

This 4th of July, the valley welcomed some of its newest citizens.  200 people took part in a naturalization ceremony at South Mountain Community College.

These new citizens came from 49 different countries and many of them were waiting for this day for years.

"Well now I am happy because I can vote and I can stand up more for my rights," said Brillita Quintero.

Quintero came to the U.S. when she was 5.  Now she's 18 and a senior at Hamilton High School.

"I have strong beliefs in immigration and stuff and I fell like now I can vote and everything is going to better I guess," she said.

Just this week, close to 8,000 candidates will become new citizens.  One man from Nigeria was thrilled to be one of them.

"I came to this country to find a better life and I am proud to be here," he said.

He's been in this country for 5 years.

"I am very happy for America to give me the privilege to be here and have a citizenship," he said.

A few of the new citizens are already serving their country.

"I came here from Peru when I was 8 years old, so about 20 years ago," said Edwin Aranzaens.

Aranzaens joined the Army about five years ago -- as soon as he legally could.  The Moon Valley High School graduate was one of a few new citizens who spoke at the ceremony.

"I grew up here and I love living here and I love living here.  I love every opportunity that I have had. Just want to be a citizen -- I want to have the right to vote and all the rights and responsibilities that come with it," he said.

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services planned more than 100 ceremonies just like this one all over the world, including Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices