Young Utahns honored as new citizens

Dec 28, 2017, 6:20 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – There was a different kind of naturalization ceremony today.  This one was for some of Utah’s youngest new citizens.  It brought out dignitaries like Representative Mia Love.

Kids under the age of 14 are not required to take the oath of citizenship, but, a lot of them wanted to.  So, officials with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office held a ceremony for them.  Kids from countries like Ethiopia, Thailand and Vietnam got their Certificates of Citizenship

Included among these kids was Marina Pacheco of Mexico, who is excited to call the U.S her home.  She says, “I’m a citizen now, in the USA.”  Also being recognized is Jaryd Cueto from Peru, who says, “It was a big, big thing for me when they said my name.”

Representative Mia Love took part in the ceremony, giving hugs to all children getting their certificates.  She says working on new immigration laws will be a high priority in 2018, and she supports the RAC (Recognize America’s Children) Act as a fix for the Dream Act.  Love says, “Getting back and revoking DACA, so that we can have a fix in the House, is incredibly important because then we give people something that a president can’t take away.”

Love was asked if she supports measures that reduces the number of refugees that can legally enter the country.  She says the specific number is not something she’s focusing on.  “To me, it’s more about a process and making sure we have a good process in place.”

Today’s Top Stories

The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office is being sued after what started with a Snapchat request in...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office being sued after former cadet reports abuse

A former Salt Lake County Sheriff deputy and academy instructor allegedly committed numerous sexual assaults against a former cadet.
23 hours ago
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock speaks during an election day canvass launch on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 20...
The Associated Press

Democratic Sen. Warnock wins Georgia runoff against Walker

The Associated Press has projected Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock as the winner of the Georgia runoff election.
23 hours ago
Salt Lake Express...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake Express announces new route to Reno, Nevada

Salt Lake Express is now offering service to Reno, Nevada. The route began Dec. 1 after months of working with the Nevada Department of Transportation.
23 hours ago
The Utah Department of Public Safety issued an apology to the family of a woman who was allegedly r...
Thomas Haraldsen

DPS offers apology to family of rape victim from more than 50 years ago

The Utah Department of Public Safety issued an apology to the family of a woman who was allegedly raped by a UHP officer over 50 years ago.
23 hours ago
The Salt Lake City Police Department announced its response times for the month of November improve...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City Police announce response times for November

The Salt Lake City Police Department announced its response times for the month of November improved by 12 minutes and 15 seconds compared to November 2021. 
23 hours ago
Gardening writer Jeff Lowenfels identifies five classic holiday plants: paperwhites, poinsettias, C...
JEFF LOWENFELS Associated Press

5 plants that say `holiday season,’ and how to care for them

Gardening writer Jeff Lowenfels identifies five plants that are holiday classics: paperwhites, poinsettias, Christmas trees, amaryllis and Christmas cactus.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young Utahns honored as new citizens