The U.S. gained 127 more citizens today during a naturalization ceremony held at the Utah Capitol building. The ceremony, hosted by Representative Norm Thurston and in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, welcomed applicants from 50 countries, ranging from Peru to South Africa.
Bassam Salem, who was born in Egypt, lived in France and England as a child then came to the U.S. to pursue his education, shared his experience of becoming a U.S. citizen.
“Dreamed about one country where backgrounds wouldn’t limit us, one country where a good plan and hard work will be rewarded. That one country was and still is truly unique – the United States of America,” said Salem.
Salem founded the company, Mindshare Ventures, in 2016 and resides in Park City with his wife and two sons.
Laura McNeer, field office director for USCIS, administered the Oath of Allegiance. Cytel Schultz performed the U.S. National Anthem. The new citizens also heard a welcome message from President Donald Trump.
When the ceremony concluded, new citizens were encouraged to fill out a voter registration form so they could immediately start participating in local, state and national elections.
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