46 sworn in as new American citizens in observance of MLK holiday

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Guam – The U.S. Territory of Guam welcomed 46 new American citizens last Friday in a special naturalization ceremony to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The special ceremony was held at the District Court of Guam as people hailing from Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea became naturalized citizens of the United States of America. About 42 of the new citizens came from the Philippines.

“We have two ceremonies per month and we actually naturalized swear in 70 new citizens a month, just here in the District Court of Guam,” shared Chief Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood. “But honestly, every ceremony I preside over, the Philippines always have the most citizens.”

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was FBI Special Agent Michael Gadsden.

Meanwhile, in observance of the MLK holiday, GovGuam and the federal government are closed for the day.