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Central Christian Church members, Rubin and Maria Cansino, were honored during Sunday fellowship for their U.S. Citizenship.

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. America values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich this country and preserve its legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity.

Becoming a U.S. citizen through Naturalization shows commitment to the United States and loyalty to its Constitution. In return, an individual is rewarded with all the rights and privileges that are part of U.S. citizenship.

Deciding to become a U. S. citizen is one of the most important decisions in a person’s life.

After residing in America for 19 years with permanent resident status, Wilebaldo (Rubin) and Maria Cansino, applied for their citizenship a year ago and became U.S. citizens this month.

Coming to America from Belize, Rubin has worked in this country as a permanent resident for many years. A lawful permanent resident is someone who has been granted the right to live in the United States indefinitely with a “green card” but remains a citizen of another country.

“We were given 100 questions on English, American civics and history to prepare for the Naturalization test,” Rubin said.

During Sunday’s fellowship, Rubin was asked to recall some of the questions he was asked.

“What is the supreme law of the land and what are the first three words of the Constitution were some of the questions on the test," Rubin said.

Opening the church building on Sunday mornings, Rubin is a constant figure at Central as he prepares coffee service and sets out donuts to welcome members and guests and prepares communion service for morning worship.

Following Sunday morning worship, the congregation along with Cansino family members and their friends gathered in fellowship hall to celebrate Memorial Day and honor Rubin and Maria for their achievement with a buffet lunch of “All American” favorites like hot dogs and apple pie.

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