Nearly 1,000 citizens naturalized in ceremony

Print
Email
|

by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist ERIN COKER

kvue.com

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 11:00 PM

AUSTIN -- In a packed auditorium, more than 700 people waved American flags, sitting shoulder to shoulder, singing the national anthem.

United States Judge Lee Yeakel presided over a naturalization ceremony Friday at the Delco Activity Center in Austin.

The candidates for citizenship are natives of 91 different countries.

"It's a dream come true," says Rocio Juarez. She's the latest member of her family to become a US citizen.

Amancio and Maria Juarez moved to the United States in 1974. The family lived in a hut in a small Mexican village called Guanajuato. They came to Round Rock for a better life and opened a restaurant called Juarez Restaurant and Bakery.

"It's the story of a little immigrant family with a big dream," says Rocio Juarez.

Mr. Juarez liked the small-town feel of Round Rock. He took a job as a groundskeeper at a cemetery along IH-35. He baked bread out of his home. Word eventually spread about his delicious recipes, so he opened the familiy restaurant in 1983. The family just celebrated the restaurant's 30 year anniversary.

"It wasn't always easy," said Ricardo Juarez. "My parents worked hard for this. We feel blessed. The country has given so much to us. The people of Round Rock have been good to us. We are proud and grateful."

Rocio says the naturalization process wasn't easy. She had to get a job, get a place to live and pass an extensive test. It's a process the Juarez family won't soon forget and will always cherish.

Print
Email
|