The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Fresno and National Park Service hosted a citizenship ceremony.
Twenty-four local immigrants officially became U.S. citizens at the Cesar Chavez National Monument in Keene.
The newest U.S. citizens come from seven nations, nearly half of them from Mexico, according to organizers.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez, state director for Senator Kamala Harris, spoke at the ceremony. She is also Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter.
“Right now we see a lot of deep divisions in our country and I think it’s an important message for all new citizens to understand that we have a lot more in common than what separates us,” Rodriguez said.
“Now is the chance for them to be able to show others what they’ve now been afforded through the citizenship.”
In light of recent immigration raids, Rodriguez said she believes her grandfather would still be out organizing people to help, if he were still alive.