SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 201 of America’s newest citizens took the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony Thursday, on the day the constitution was signed 228 years ago.
They were declared U.S. citizens at the Springfield Armory in front of family and friends.
“I am so happy, I’m excited very much. I like being a United States citizen. I love this city, people are so nice and so friendly I really love,” said Danuti Czarncka, originally from Poland.
The two hundred one new citizens came from 54 different countries, they are just a small part of the 36,000 new Americans who will be welcomed in the next week.
The U.S. citizenship and immigration services is holding 200 different naturalization ceremonies from September 17th to September 23rd.
Dominique Alfandari originally from France, became a U.S. citizen Thursday along with his family. He and his wife have both accepted jobs as professors at UMass. They said they are most looking forward to being able to vote.
This as immigration has become a hot topic in presidential debates for the 2016 election.
“There are more important things to discuss than immigration, there is plenty more,” said Alfandari.
Another naturalization ceremony will take place tomorrow for 20 more new citizens. That ceremony will be held at Western New England University.