12 New U.S. Citizens: Grand Junction’s 1st naturalization ceremony since COVID closure

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A naturalization ceremony to welcome new U.S. citizens was held today at U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction Monday.

It was the first naturalization ceremony since February when the ceremonies were temporarily suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was held outside to make taking COVID related health precautions easier.

Augusto Arzu, whose native country is Guatemala, has been living in the United States for 16 years. He was one of the 12 citizenship candidates at the naturalization ceremony in front of the federal building and U.S. courthouse, who took the oath to become a citizen of the United States. For people like Arzu, it’s a new chapter in their lives, where they will finally have all of the same rights as other citizens, including the right to vote

“I’ve been waiting for this chance for a while,” Arzu said.

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