Nine New U.S. Citizens
October 28, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - Nine people - Alberto Arellano Bondoc Sr,
Christine Cooke, David Scott Gould, Mathew Cooke,
Reynaldo Buella Dineros, Lolita Seludo Baze, Sofia Lopez
Bondoc, Miriam Noble Estacio, and Elena Anatolievna Martin -
took their oath Wednesday at the Federal Building in Ketchikan
and became United States Citizens.
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United States Citizens: Alberto Arellano Bondoc Sr., Christine
Cooke, David Scott Gould, Mathew Cooke, Reynaldo Buella
Dineros, Lolita Seludo Baze, Sofia Lopez Bondoc, Miriam
Noble Estacio, and Elena Anatolievna Martin.
Photo by Carl Thompson
Naturalization is one of three primary methods of acquiring U.S.
citizenship. To become a naturalized citizen of the United States
of America, an individual must meet three significant requirements
other than being a permanent resident for the specified number
of years. An applicant for U.S. citizenship must also demonstrate
"good moral character," proficiency in English and
basic civics knowledge and an attachment to the United States
Among the many basic rights
one has as a U.S. citizen, one is the right to vote - the privilege
to participate in government by electing those who create and
debate the laws.
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