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I am a U.S. American

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 14th, 2013

Father Jaime Bueno with his citizenship paper. COURTESY PHOTO


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EVANSTON – These are the words, “I hereby declare, on oath, that … I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; … and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God,” were said by Father Jaime Bueno in Kemmerer Monday as he took the oath of citizenship for the United States of America.

Fr. Jaime currently serves as the priest for St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Evanston, and St. Helen’s Catholic Parish in Fort Bridger.

The citizenship oath must be taken by all immigrants who wish to become U. S. citizens. The first officially recorded Oaths of Allegiance were made on May 30, 1778, at Valley Forge, during the Revolutionary War.

In summing up the oath ceremony in Kemmerer, Fr. Jaime said, it was a “very, very beautiful ceremony. The people there were very excited to become citizens…become members of this great country.”

He said approximately 25-30 people took part in the ceremony and officially became Americans. Everyone had a chance to show where they were from on a large wall map. In addition, they all were given a chance to say why they wanted to become American citizens.

As for Fr. Jaime, he hails from Charala, Columbia; a town approximately the size of Evanston, around 15,000 to 18,000 residents. His calling in life, a missionary priest for the Catholic Church. This calling has taken him around the world to three or four provinces in Africa including the Ivory Coast, Spain, France, Italy and Germany. He also lived for a short time in Venzuela as a child. And, due to his travels, he is a man who speaks several languages.

At Monday’s ceremony, Fr. Jaime said, everyone said how proud and excited they were to become citizens.

As for himself, “I feel so happy and so proud. I have a (U.S.) flag that was given to me by the people of Fort Bridger…I have a new home…I am so proud of this country,” Fr. Jaime said.

For the complete article see the 08-09-2013 issue.

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