Fort Myers welcomes 27 new citizens in naturalization ceremony

Posted at 6:33 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 06:56:24-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administered the Oath of Allegiance to 27 people Tuesday afternoon in Fort Myers. As part of USCIS' annual Presidents Day celebration, more than 162 naturalization ceremonies are taking place across the U.S. between February 14 and 22. 


"21 years he was a legal resident but always afraid to do the citizenship," said Zena Domingez in reference to her husband. 

Domingez said Donald Trump's victory pushed them to finish the process just in case.  "Oh I want him to be a citizen so bad because honestly we don't know what's going to happen," said Domingez. 

The process is different for everyone. Some said it's been just a few months while others said it's taken them years.

"We came as refugees," said Diana Quintero. That was in 2005. Now 12 years later Quintero said she agrees with President Trump's stance on refugees.  "The government is doing checking the backgrounds and things like that it's very important," but Quntero also said, "In my opinion when people are in need we need to help them. It's our duty, the United States has always been that kind of country," said Quintero. 

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