Citizenship Certificates Awarded in Downtown Montgomery

WAKA_2016_06_22_22_07_27Fifteen people received citizenship certificates Wednesday at the United States District Courthouse in downtown Montgomery.

It was an exciting and emotional day for many as they say their proof of citizenship opens many doors for them.

“I wanted to cry with excitement,” said Brenda Gembe-Bautista, “it’s like a new chapter in life.”

She says she now plans to attend college and hopes to earn some scholarships to help cover the cost. Her end goal is to work for NASA.

Adriana Arriola also received her citizenship certificate today. She hopes to work in education after receiving her degree.

“I want to be a teacher,” she said, “like for the little babies like kindergarten.”

Pamela Wilson, of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said that days like these make her job rewarding.

“Everything we do in this job, is leading up to this,” she said, “this is the culmination of the work, it’s the meaning of all the work we do, all the paperwork, all the phone calls, all leads up to this.”

Those who received certificates today represent nine different countries.

There will be a naturalization ceremony tomorrow morning in Tuskegee for new citizens.

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