The First Lady of the United States was in Kern County today [Thursday] welcoming 30 new citizens to the country.
The naturalization ceremony took place at the Cesar Chavez National Monument in Keene. Residents, formerly from countries like Mexico, Egypt, and Israel, took the Oath of Allegiance as The First Lady watched on along with USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou, Cesar Chavez Foundation President Paul Chavez, and United Farm Workers President Teresa Romero. Romero also received a national award as an Outstanding American by Choice.
During her remarks, Dr. Jill Biden told the United States’ newest citizens that the country is not defined by geography, race, or religion instead by individuals like them. She also noted that the Founding Fathers knew a government by the people would make mistakes, but they believed if each of us brought our best, we would find a path of right more than wrong.