(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — Seventeen years after he arrived in the United States, Faafo'i Laulu Ah Chee of Fa'aala, Palauli, Savai'i is living his American dream.
On April 11, 2018 at a U.S. federal courthouse on South West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Ah Chee became a U.S. Citizen.
"How long has this been? Gosh, I came to the U.S in 2001. Since then I always wanted to be able to receive the same benefits as all other Americans such as better jobs and pay," he told tautalatala, "To be able to provide better opportunities for people in my family. To be able to live the dream of finding better jobs, education, and health care, etc. for my children."
April 11 was extra special in that it was his mother-in-law's 67th birthday.
With his mother-in-law Aliese Siteine Kanahele, wife Beverly Ah Chee (native of Solaua and Vailele Uta, Upolu), son Jesse and daughters Serafina Seemapu and Suli present — he took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the USA.
Asked how he prepared for the task Faafo'i proudly said he kept "a clean record."
"No crimes committed. Not even a speeding ticket (lol)," he chuckled. "I prepared myself physically, mentally and spiritually, so that I could achieve this dream of becoming an American Citizen."
Faafo'i counts his U.S. citizenship, the attainment of "liberty and justice" as a blessing.
"I am blessed to be an American Citizen and I know that the Lord has blessed me and my family abundantly," said the Fa'aala native. "In God we trust for with Him, nothing is impossible."