BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — On Monday, we honored those who served our country and for five veterans, the celebration continued as they were sworn in as new American citizens on Tuesday morning, Na'tassia Finley has the story.
Congressman Filemon Vela stated, "They sacrificed their lives to fight for our country where they weren't even citizens."
On Tuesday, five veterans four from Mexico and one from Chile, took the oath of allegiance to our country, Fatimah Yamel Paredes, Army veteran stated, "I'm very honored and flattered to be here on this ceremony only with veterans."
Paredes says the event, which was held on the grounds of the Palo Alto Battlefield, was both exciting and a bit overwhelming, "I don't know how to explain it. I'm speechless at this point, but I'm very very happy."
Another Marine Corp veteran, Israel Martinez Rodriguez, says he feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders, "It feels great, before I felt a little bit unsure of who I was. Will I find my way? I have my identity that says I am a U.S. citizen and it just feels great."
He now says he'll start his new life studying to become a registered nurse and as for Fatimah Paredes, "I'm ready to re-enlist, so I am really happy about that.
Congressman Vela commented on all five becoming American citizens saying, "I can't imagine that there's ever been anyone more deserving of citizenship as these five people today."