Twelve new Americans were recognized during a naturalization ceremony at the Fourth Judicial District courtroom yesterday. Each applicant went through an extensive process that included interviews, background checks and academic testing. Their oaths of citizenship were the final step in a long process. Lillian Foster, a nursing student in Gillette, renounced her Chinese citizenship for love.
Ruslan Khusainov, formerly Russian, traveled the world before deciding to settle here, and said the United States caught his attention because of the relative lack of government corruption.
Afsaneh Bird, from Iran, fought for more than a decade to get out of a bad political situation.
A small sample of the melting pot met for a brief thirty minutes to receive their certificates of naturalization. Khusainov said the ceremony helped him feel part of a 200-year-old legacy that started at Ellis Island and continues today.
Sheridan's newest U.S. citizens are:
Bich Lein Thi Thai (Vietnam)
Sylwia Dial (Poland)
Cesar Noe Chavira Cabrera (Mexico)
Ruslan Nailyevich Khusainov (Russia)
Iver Josue Palazuelos (Mexico)
Afsaneh Bird (Iran)
Zulma Marisol Segovia Morales (El Salvdor)
Nabeel Khan (Pakistan)
Gueme Fe Labandero Hieb (Philippines)
Brianda Ivone Onteveros Varela (Mexico)
Lillian Huili Foster (China)
Sandro Ortiz (Mexico)