Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – “Action is stronger than words and today that is certainly true in the actions that you have taken, the work that you have put in.” “To become a citizen of the United States says everything about what you believe in,” Mayor Brenda Gunter stated in her brief opening remarks as she congratulated the latest 36 individuals to become citizens of the United States in Wednesday’s 10:30 a.m. ceremony that took place on the second floor of the O.C. Fisher Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.

The three countries represented were Nigeria with one, Panama had one, and Mexico was represented by 34.  

This year’s youngest person who was sworn in by U.S. Federal Judge, Scott Frost, as a U.S. citizen, was Sonia Alegria Pérez, age 24. As for the oldest person sworn in, it was Margarita Olguin Chavez, age 75.

For Saúl Gutiérrez, from Mexico, after 40 years, he felt it was time to do it for himself and for his family. 

Left-to-right: Gregorio Gutiérrez, his son: Saúl, Mayor, Brenda Gunter, and Araceli Gutiérrez. 

Left-to-right: Anthony Gutiérrez (son), Norma (mom) Alexis (daughter), Adrián (son) Saúl, U.S. Federal Judge, Scott Frost and Gregorio Gutiérrez (father).

 “Today I have accomplished one more goal in my life. In the company of my wife, Norma, my children, my dad, Gregorio, his wife, Araceli, my two brothers Ricardo and Alan, I became a U.S. citizen” “It’s a dream come true.”

“Enjoy today, celebrate today, and celebrate the most important thing that you can do in your life and that is become a citizen here in the United States of America,” concluded Mayor Gunter. 

Afterward when the Gutiérrez gathered to celebrate Saúl’s important day in his life, his 10-year-old, son, Adrian, innocently, said “Congratulations Dad, now you don’t have to go back to Mexico.” 

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