102-year-old Calif. man becomes US citizen


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 102-year-old Filipino man who came to California as a teenager to pick lettuce has become a citizen of the United States.

Only 27 people older than 100 have become American citizens nationwide in at least the past 50 years.

North Hollywood resident Joaquin Arciago Guzman was helped out of a wheelchair by his niece so he could stand during the Pledge of Allegiance and sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Wednesday's naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/MY9wd7) Guzman put his hand over his heart, next to a small American flag in his suit pocket.

About 7,300 others joined Guzman downtown to become U.S. citizens.

Guzman said in Tagalog afterward that he was happy.

Guzman left the Philippines in 1918 to pick lettuce in Salinas for 40 cents an hour.


Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, http://www.dailynews.com

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