Forty-one of the newest American citizens were sworn in today by District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood. New countrymen from Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Pohnpei and Taiwan were welcomed by the ceremony's guest speaker, former Governor Carl Gutierrez.


"The pursuit of your new citizenship did not come easy, I'm sure," he said. "Unlike many others, our citizenship yours and mine was not handed to us at birth but was something we fought hard to attain. That came to fruition to me and my people in 1950 with the passage of the organic act of Guam. And for you that came to fruition today."


Gutierrez says to treasure their journey, and quoting the president he told them their "contribution to the enhancement of America, begins today."