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Lawyer tells new US citizens: Use your voice and be heard

LOCAL attorney Janet H. King urged new American citizens to exercise their responsibilities  actively.

As citizens of the greatest country in the world, “you are a part of something bigger than yourself,” she told the 14 newly-sworn-in U.S. citizens in the federal courthouse at the Horiguchi Building in Garapan.

“You don’t just sit, you stand,” King said. “You don’t just watch, you act. You don’t just listen, you, too, use your voice and be heard.”

King received her juris doctor degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She is a member of the Hawaii, Guam, and CNMI bars, and of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

As guest speaker at the naturalization ceremony on Wednesday, King called upon the new Americans to let their voices be heard by registering to vote, voting, running for public office, becoming the parents of the next U.S. member of Congress or even the next U.S. president, supporting their children and family members who are in the U.S. armed forces, and encouraging their sons and daughters to be lawyers and judges.

America is a nation of immigrants, King said. “From different strands, we are united by the shared ideals of: opportunity, liberty, and justice for all.”

Sheila Kelty, an immigration services officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, asked the court to accept the applicants.

Kelty said there were 16 applicants but two were not present for the ceremony.

Sworn in as U.S. citizens by District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona were Jul Eve Quilantang Celis, Jessa Jade Secion Cruz, Jesus Gantan De Jesus, Roque Tolentino Feliciano, Danilo Justo Guzarem, Ziaul Haque, Teresita Tesoro Lacorte, Guolan Zong Leung, Jamerie Esguerra Paras, Nancy Espeleta Russell, Ruby De Guzman Sablan, Hyun Tag Seo, Rajendra Shrestha, and Evelyn Esteban Villanueva.

Fourteen new American citizens pose with District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, Immigration Services Officer Shelia Kelty of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and attorney Janet H. King.  Photo by Bryan ManabatFourteen new American citizens pose with District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, Immigration Services Officer Shelia Kelty of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and attorney Janet H. King. Photo by Bryan Manabat

Cornelio Dimaranan Alomia and Siriwan Camacho who also applied for citizenship were not present at the ceremony.

Feliciano, 63, a Commonwealth Utilities Corp. plant operator, first arrived on Saipan in 2005. He told Variety that he waited for more than 10 years before he applied for U.S. citizenship. Originally from Kalibo Aklan, in the northern Philippines, Feliciano is a retired merchant marine officer.

“I am very excited and look forward to voting in the coming local general elections,”  Feliciano said.

 Tinian Sen. Frank Cruz’s wife, Jessa Cruz, was among those who were sworn in as new U.S. citizens.

Mrs. Cruz, 33, arrived in the CNMI in May 2006. She said she is very happy that “now I can vote, and the first thing that I am going to do is to register as a voter.”