Immigrants gain citizenship

Newly nationalized American citizens swear an oath of citizenship in the O.C. Fisher Building, San Angelo, Texas, June 7, 2017. The naturalization ceremony gave citizenship to individuals from almost every part of the world including Mexico, China, Malaysia, Brazil and Nicaragua. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

Newly nationalized American citizens swear an oath of citizenship in the O.C. Fisher Building, San Angelo, Texas, June 7, 2017. The naturalization ceremony gave citizenship to individuals from almost every part of the world including Mexico, China, Malaysia, Brazil and Nicaragua. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Abraham Salomon, 17th Training Support Squadron commander, speaks to the new naturalized citizens of America in the O.C. Fisher Building, San Angelo, Texas, June 7, 2017. Salomon talked about how honored he was to give the speech and how important this day in their lives is. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Abraham Salomon, 17th Training Support Squadron commander, speaks to the new naturalized citizens of America in the O.C. Fisher Building, San Angelo, Texas, June 7, 2017. Salomon talked about how honored he was to give the speech and how important this day in their lives is. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost, Northern District of Texas San Angelo Division, provides opening remarks for the naturalization ceremony in the O.C. Fisher Building, San Angelo, Texas, June 7, 2017. Frost presided over the ceremony, swearing in 22 new citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost, Northern District of Texas San Angelo Division, provides opening remarks for the naturalization ceremony in the O.C. Fisher Building, San Angelo, Texas, June 7, 2017. Frost presided over the ceremony, swearing in 22 new citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

Eric Holman, San Angelo court district adjudications officer, talks with Lt. Col. Abraham Salomon, 17th Training Support Squadron commander, at the the naturalization ceremony in the O.C. Fisher Building, San Angelo, Texas, June 7, 2017. Solomon is a first generation immigrant from the Philippines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

Eric Holman, San Angelo court district adjudications officer, talks with Lt. Col. Abraham Salomon, 17th Training Support Squadron commander, at the the naturalization ceremony in the O.C. Fisher Building, San Angelo, Texas, June 7, 2017. Solomon is a first generation immigrant from the Philippines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Scott Jackson/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --

Lt. Col. Abraham Salomon, 17th Training Support Squadron commander, spoke at a naturalization ceremony in the O.C. Fisher Building in downtown San Angelo June 7.

The ceremony gave American citizenship to 22 individuals from all over the world, from Nicaragua to China.

The process to become naturalized may a long one depending on the circumstances. Many individuals waited over decades.

The Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost, Northern District of Texas San Angelo, presided over the ceremony, giving opening remarks and swearing in the new citizens.

“Diversity is everything,” said Frost. “This country was founded on many tribes and many nations and continues to grow in more ways than one with every new immigrant we receive.”

Afterwards, Salomon talked about his own experience growing up as a first generation immigrant.

“I always asked my parents why they came here,” said Salomon. “Why? You had so much in the Philippines, what made you leave all that behind to come here? And they told me it was for the opportunity, the freedom. And from there, after I understood it, I wanted to give back, to protect this country, to die for it if I could.”

Click the link below for more information on the process of naturalization:
https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/citizenship-through-naturalization