Mariela Williams, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was also thrilled to become a citizen Friday.
“I wasn’t expecting the feeling I’m going through. It’s a very nice feeling,” Williams said.
Steven Taylor said America truly is the land of opportunity, especially when compared to other struggling countries.
“Just look at a lot of the African countries and the crime, the corruption, everything like that,” Taylor said. “The lack of opportunities is probably more of it. … It’s just a lot easier here to get ahead. The playing field is a lot more level.”
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kenneth J. Meyers presided over the ceremony and was deeply moved by the proceedings. His granddaughter is originally from South Korea and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
“It’s a real emotional feeling for me, to listen to these people, how happy they are to be citizens of this country,” Meyers said after the ceremony. “They worked hard for what we take for granted. They worked hard to become citizens.”
For more information on the naturalization process, visit www.ilsd.uscourts.gov.