6:25 P.M (MST)
Once individuals, 25 people in Yuma can now consider each other part of a family, as they are now all U.S citizens following a naturalization ceremony at Yuma City Hall Tuesday afternoon.
After the presentation of the colors followed by a short video, the group of 25, along with family and friends as witnesses, took their oaths to become U.S citizens.
Angel Ortega's parents emigrated from Mexico to give him better opportunities, and he was overjoyed following the ceremony... "I think today is a huge, joyous moment for me and my family," he says. A college student set to graduate next May, Ortega hopes to one day become a surgeon and help heal his fellow countrymen. “I think the next step for me was to become a u-s citizen, and set an example for others as well," says Ortega. Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar gave the keynote address to his new fellow citizens.