EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Wednesday morning more than 600 immigrants from 33 different countries were sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens at the El Paso County Coliseum.
This was the largest naturalization ceremony at the Coliseum in its 75 year history, according to Coliseum officials.
The new citizens will have nearly all the same rights as natural born citizens, including the right to vote.
For mother of 3 Wendy Grimaldo, originally from Mexico, she says this moment means everything to her. She says she has been a legal resident in the U.S. for 20 years, brought here by her father when she was 9 years old. She said that helped speed up the citizen process which for her took just under a year once she applied.
"I have children I wouldn't want to put them through a law change and I wasn't a citizen by now. I don't want to put my family through any inconvenience," Grimaldo said.
Coliseum officials say the venue will start hosting more of these events in the coming months.