On Wednesday, March 21st, with many Lanier High School students in attendance, 25 immigrants became United States citizens.   With the Honorable Lee Yeakel, United States District Judge, presiding, the Ceremony included remarks by Mario Ortiz, District Director for the United States Citizen and Immigration Services,  Gerda Weissman Klein and John Eckstein.  The students, new citizens and guests were attentive and eager to celebrate this very important occasion.

After the event, Claudia Kramer Santamaria, Supervisor of Parent Programs for the Austin Independent School District, stated, “I was so honored to be in the audience. AISD is a better place after today’s ceremony.”   

You will see many photos below that will help you to be part of the experience as all of us were privileged to be.  You can also read the wonderful article from the Austin American-Statesman written by Jane Sumner, whom we had the pleasure of meeting:  http://www.statesman.com/life/sharing-a-duty-to-give-back-2244801.html?cxtype=rss_ece_frontpage

There are additional video clips on the Citizenship Counts website from the four media outlets that attended the Ceremony.  http://citizenshipcounts.net/index.php/in-the-community/newsroom/citizenship-counts-newsroom/

Driving into Austin the afternoon before the Naturalization Ceremony

Mario Ortiz, District Director, USCIS District 18

Listening to the Judge

About-to-be new citizens, students and guests listening to the Judge

Gerda telling her story

Citizens-to-be listening to Gerda Weissman Klein

A standing ovation for Gerda

John Eckstein and Kipp

Taking the Oath

Taking the Oath 2

Taking the Oath 3

Taking the Oath next to his son

Celebrating with her Naturalization Certificate and the flag of her country

A new citizen shaking the hand of the Honorable Lee Yeakel, United States District Judge

A new citizen sharing her appreciation with Gerda

A new citizen's appreciative handshake with Gerda

A happy new citizen and his guests

New citizens celebrating

Jim Swift of KXAN News filming the Naturalization Ceremony







1 Comment for this entry

  • Tamara Hogsett
    March 30th, 2012

    What a JOY that 25 more people are citizens of this blessed land. Thanks for sharing with us!

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