In a crowded U.S.District Court chamber Thursday afternoon, 38 new citizens got a much sought status. They were presented with both greetings by prominent local officials and with reminders of the duties and obligations of their new status.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood presided, along with Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan Jr.
President Donald Trump was there on video. Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas wasn't.
The new citizens heard serious well wishing and advice from Guam Mega Lahi/Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.
"My vision for Guam is that it continue to be a part of the American dream, where our island is safe, our island is fair, our island is a compassionate and prosperous place, so that everyone who lives here and is willing to work hard for what they want.. It is a well known economic fact that when you empower parts of a community the entire community benefits. This is an important time for women on Guam and women around the world. It is also an important time for people of both genders. All of us are more aware of the right way to treat a person regardless of national origin, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We are becoming less tolerant of those who choose to treat any woman, child or man in a way that is not dignified or respectful. As a naturalized citizen, your duty is not only to make positive contributions to this society by working, but by raising your children well and by getting involved. But also, if you see evidence of wrongdoing, human trafficking or drug dealing or prejudice or harassment or trashing of our beautiful island environment, you need to speak up. Tell some one."