Posted: Feb 21, 2013 8:01 PM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News
BILLINGS - Seventeen people became U.S. citizens today in Billings. They come from fourteen different countries including the United Kingdom, Mexico and Russia. The naturalization ceremony took place at the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse Thursday morning.
Chief Judge, Richard Cebull, presented the new citizens with their certificates. This was Cebull's last naturalization ceremony before he takes senior status next month. During his remarks, Judge Cebull emphasized the American right to vote and freedom of speech.
The new citizens say now they can pursue their dreams and careers. "It's very uplifting and it's very humbling to actually become an American citizen which, from my experience, a lot of people take for granted," said Daniel Gregorio Nuno-Ramirez.
After the ceremony, the League of Women Voters wasted little time helping the new citizens register to vote.