Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams welcomed 49 new American citizens from 25 countries today at a naturalization ceremony at History Colorado.
“It’s an exciting day,” Williams told the immigrants, who clutched American flags and beamed for the cameras. “You have an equal right to participate with someone who might have lived here for 93 years. Your participation is what makes this nation different. The people get to make the decisions.”
Williams stressed that his office will aid the new citizens achieve the American dream by helping them register to vote, start a new business or get involved in a charity.
“I am honored to be with you,” he said.
Also speaking at the event were representatives from U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet’s office and Congressman Mike Coffman.
The new citizens hail from 25 countries, including Australia, Bulgaria, Iraq. Mexico, Thailand and Russia.