BANGOR – 23 people from 15 countries became United States citizen in Bangor Monday morning.
They took the oath of citizenship before Federal Judge John Woodcock.
They came to the United States for many reasons. Among the new citizens was one young man who came to Maine as an infant when his family fled war-torn Somalia.
Mohamud Khalid said “America brought me here because of a lot of things. Number one is love. And number two is education. And number three is for freedom.”
After the ceremony, the judge told the new citizens he would be available to have pictures taken with them, or if they chose, they could just leave. That, he says, was a freedom America offers.