125 people become U.S. citizens in Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 18:03:26-04

Many people will be celebrating the birth of our nation this weekend, but there are 125 people who will be celebrating a new birth of their own! 

More than 100 people packed an auditorium at HCC's Tampa campus to celebrate people from Tampa Bay becoming U.S. citizens.

"I wanted to stay here," said Paz Chapar who is originally from Argentina. "I wanted to vote for sure. I just wanted to join my husband and my daughter in being a U.S. citizen."

Evident by the "I registered to vote" sticker she was wearing on her shirt for today's ceremony.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has various themed naturalization ceremonies throughout the year coinciding with different holidays. One of the last was celebrating women's equality day with an all-women naturalization ceremony.