Sachiyo Langlois stands in the middle of a group of people with her right hand raised.

Sachiyo Langlois raises her hand for the oath of allegiance at the naturalization ceremony. “I’m a business owner and pay tax, but I didn’t get to vote,” Langlois said. “That was starting to bother me. I wanted to participate in democracy, which is falling. That’s one of the biggest reasons that I wanted to become a citizen.” Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror