534 Residents Naturalized at the Capitol Theatre TodayPosted: Updated:
Today was a very exciting day for people at the Capitol Theatre.
One man had mixed emotions.
"I'm just very nervous right now. I don't know what to feel," said U.S. citizen Aniceto Guzman.
Aniceto is only one of the 518 new citizens who pledged their oath before a judge in downtown Yakima. Aniceto has lived in the States for over 30 years and today he's starting a new chapter in his life.
"I think with this I will have more opportunities and I'd like to get more involved and having this will help me," said Guzman.
Aniceto works at an apple orchard in Manson and says he's passionate about giving back to the community. He applied to be on the board of a high school there but was denied because of his citizenship. Now, he says he has a chance to do more.
"I like to be involved in politics. That is going to be important for me."
Aniceto just received his GED and says his next goal is to go to college and eventually get his masters. An interest in the presidential election and wanting to do more in the community is what prompted many people to get their citizenship today.
"It's outstanding...this is the best time for someone to be doing this," said Keith Brown from the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.Yakima is only one of three naturalization sites in Washington. There are usually only 40 new citizens at these kinds of events. The Immigration Office said the decreased application fee and Fourth of July are reasons why so many people became citizens today.