1,300 people become citizens at Campbell ceremony

January 28, 2010 7:18:11 PM PST
More than 1,300 people will officially become U.S. citizens at naturalization ceremonies in Campbell today, including a woman known for her assistance to Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in San Jose will naturalize these soon-to-be citizens in three ceremonies today at the Heritage Theater in Campbell.

Santa Clara resident Rena Salomon, currently a citizen of Jordan, will be among the group, according to USCIS. Salomon gained notoriety both in the Bay Area and nationally when she drove to New Orleans in her Hummer to help Americans affected by Hurricane Katrina. Her actions earned her the moniker "Angel in a Hummer."

Salomon spent her own money assisting victims, and brought a number of them back to Santa Clara, according to USCIS regional spokeswoman Sharon Rummery.

Salomon has said her first action as a citizen will be traveling in that same Hummer up to San Francisco to apply for an expedited U.S. passport so she can assist with relief efforts in Haiti, according to Rummery.