GILROY — Surrounded by family and friends at a special naturalization ceremony at Gilroy Gardens, 277 immigrants from 46 nations took the oath of allegiance to become the United States' newest citizens on Tuesday.
Among them was Carmen Caput, the wife of Santa Cruz County Supervisor for District 4, Greg Caput, who was there to cheer on his wife with children Robert and two-year old twins, Christine and Pauline.
Watsonville resident, Nancy Garcia, 25, also took the oath of allegiance – the final step in a long process that began when she arrived in the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico when she was just two.
“I’m excited and proud,” said Garcia minutes before the ceremony began.
The event was officiated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) San Jose Field Office and was one of more than 100 special ceremonies held across the country and the world from July 1 to July 5.
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