Twelve Mahoning County residents became United States citizens on Thursday.
The men and women were sworn in during a naturalization ceremony at the Mahoning County Courthouse. Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny of Cleveland sat in for Judge Evans who was off for the day.
Clerk of Courts Anthony Vivo administered the oath. The twelve new citizens are from a number of countries including Greece, Vietnam and Cuba.
“This is a moment that we have been looking for since we hot here to America,” said Luigi Perez of Cuba. “This is the country that opened doors for us and has given us the freedom that we’ve never enjoyed before.”
The Mahoning County Court started the naturalization ceremony in the 1960s and performs them once a month.
Those taking the oath were:
Tara Thi Pham, Vietnam
Islam Ahmad Qassem Abuhashish, Jordan
Stefanos Ioannis Tiliakos, Greece
Jacob Allen Whitford, Canada
Rolando Antonio Villegas Nunez, Peru
Yusdenis Labrada Perodin, Cuba
Supreet Kaur Dhaliwal, India
Olufemi John Joshua-Morgan, Nigeria
Marc Elie Habbouche, Lebanon
Jessie Frances Akpadock, Nigeria
Luigi Perez Perez, Cuba
Peter Adewunmi Salu, Nigeria