HOUSTON / ATLANTA / MONROVIA

Naturalization Ceremony at City Hall

Mayor Sylvester Turner and his daughter Ashley Turner hosted the naturalization ceremony of 50 new U. S. citizens the day after the midterms in November. It is the second time that city hall has been able to host the ceremony, which is held several times throughout the year all over the US. In speaking to the new citizens, the mayor said, “You reflect one of our most cherished values, which is that there is strength in diversity, quite naturally, that diversity is an asset.”

U. S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore presided over the ceremony. She pointed to the very heated midterm elections in which Ted Cruz narrowly beat Beto O’Rourke and the Democrats seized control of the House as a good example of how powerful their newly acquired right to vote is. Also, she reminded the new citizens that should they become dissatisfied with the work of their elected officials they should consider running for office now that they have that right also.

Miriam Arellano, age 29, was among 50 others, about a dozen of whom were also from Mexico, who gathered at City Hall to earn their citizenship that day. After being handed her certificate, Arellano spoke of how her father’s hard earned cash was sent to Mexico for her medical treatment. As soon as she was healthy, she and her mother crossed the Rio Grande to join her father in 1990. Her parents are still seeking their citizenship in Dallas. She graduated from University of Texas in Austin and is now working as an IT analyst in Houston.

New citizens in the group came from several countries including Argentina, Cameroon, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Turkey, Venezuela, Viet Nam, and the United Kingdom.

November is citizenship month for Houston with several paths to citizenship events and celebrations being held annually throughout Houston. Also in attendance were several consuls, David Godwin with Sister Cities, Daniel Stoecker with the alliance, and Art Acevedo, Houston’s Chief of Police. It is always an inspirational ceremony to witness and be a part of.

Heidi Powell-Prera

IF Magazine Journalist

Facebook Comments

    Comments are closed

    Houston, TX | Atlanta, GA | Monrovia, LI
    About Us
    iF Magazine’s concept is unique and amazing. With Forbes ranking Houston as the most diverse city in America, Houston is certainly the new mecca for attracting, engaging, and building international business relationships. Add that we have 93 foreign consulates with a presence in the city, and more than 190 foreign languages spoken here, iF Magazine is the only one of its kind targeting this diverse, upscale group.
    Houston Staff
    PUBLISHER & CEO:
    Val Thompson

    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:
    Heidi Powell Prera

    GRAPHIC / WEB DESIGNER:
    Craig L. Amos

    CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER:
    Heidi Powell
    Atlanta Staff
    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:
    Cynthia L.Blandford

    PUBLISHER & CEO:
    Val Thompson

    GRAPHIC / WEB DESIGNER:
    Craig L. Amos

    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:
    Simeon Nunnally
    Contact Us

    11110 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. Ste.218
    Houston, TX 77072 USA
    Phone: 832-526-3335
    Email: Val@IFMagazine.net
    _____________________

    925B Peachtree Street, NE #392
    Atlanta, GA 30309 USA
    Phone: 678-612-2192
    Email: cblandford@iFmagazine.net
    _____________________

    Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa
    Phone: 0886417994
    WhatsApp: +231886417994
    Snjlaka@iFmagazine.net

    ©International Focus Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved.

    Web design, hosting & maintenance by: CBA Media Group | www.CBAMediaGroup.com

    I am interested in advertising the following markets:*