Central Illinois welcomes 84 new Americans

By WEEK Producer

Central Illinois welcomes 84 new Americans

March 22, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A ceremony was held Friday morning at the Peoria Public Library to welcome new citizens of the United States.

84 immigrants were sworn in by judge James Shadid.

The new American citizens came from all over the world.

Judge Shadid told them about his grandfather who became a citizen in 1930 and whose citizenship certificate hangs in his office.

"Their Certificate is the same as my grandfathers. I think it's a connection that I am able to make, I appreciate the opportunity to make it and the opportunity my grandpa gave me to be able to do this," said Judge James Shadid.

"Very special day today. I feel not like another person but I feel something important for the United States," said new American citizen, Jose Angelmontalvo.

Angelmontalvo came to the U.S. in 1990 to work in Princeville.

Among the family and friends who joined him at the ceremony was his brother who became a citizen in 2002.