Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

First Ever Naturalization Ceremony Takes Place in Naples; Diaz-Balart Delivers Keynote Address

Jun 2, 2008
Press Release

COLLIER—Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) delivered the keynote address and welcomed 100 new U.S. Citizens at the first ever naturalization ceremony in Naples at the Collier Campus of Edison Community College.

“This America, our America, truly is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants,” said Diaz-Balart in his keynote address. “Here in Florida, we know well the invaluable contributions immigrants make to this nation everyday.  Immigrants have always exhibited the bedrock values this nation holds dear: faith, family, liberty and hard work.”

Upon Diaz-Balart’s request, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services hosted a naturalization ceremony in Naples, Florida.   U.S. Residents becoming Citizens traditionally had to travel to Miami Beach in order to participate in the swearing-in and naturalization ceremonies.  This year, Diaz-Balart was able to coordinate with USCIS and bring this important event closer to home for the first time.  At this morning’s ceremony, 100 individuals from 16 different countries, including Haiti, Poland, and Colombia, became U.S. Citizens.