Immigrants from Mexico, Canada and the Philippines became U.S. Citizens during a naturalization ceremony on Friday. Hannah Grover,

Ceremony held in Great Kiva at Aztec Ruins National Monument


AZTEC — Eight immigrants became citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony this afternoon inside the Great Kiva at Aztec Ruins National Monument.

The eight immigrants came to the United States from the Philippines, Canada and Mexico.

“I feel great to be part of the greatest nation in the world,” said José Luis Perez Anchando, who immigrated to the United States in 2004 from Chihuahua, Mexico.

Nenita Mosqueda, who came to the country in 2000 from the Philippines, said she wanted to become a U.S. citizen because it would help her build a better life.

“I feel very honored,” Mosqueda said, taking the oath of allegiance and becoming a citizen.

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Jesse Mendez, the director of the Albuquerque Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, spoke to the immigrants during the ceremony. He thanked them for making the choice to become citizens of the United States.

“That is what makes us great as a country,” he said. “That is what makes us strong as a country. We have individuals that have experienced life in other countries and for whatever reason, whether it was for freedom, whether it was for opportunity, maybe love, you all have chosen to not only immigrate to this country and go through that process but in addition to that wait the time that was necessary and put forth the effort to also become a United States citizen.”

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at


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