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Naturalization ceremony held for 110 people from 45 countries

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The 110 legal naturalized citizens are from 45 nations. (KCTV) The 110 legal naturalized citizens are from 45 nations. (KCTV)
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The naturalization ceremony held on Thursday is something that 110 people have been waiting a long time for.

The 110 legal naturalized citizens are from 45 nations. If anyone asks them if they're Americans now, they all can say, by every letter of the law, "Yes, I am."

Maria Munguia is from Mexico.

"I'm crying,” said Munguia, who is now a new U.S. citizen. “I'm crying because it's a lot of things for me to come from Mexico to here. Now I’m happy."

"It is also my greatest pleasure to welcome you to citizenship, in what I believe to be the greatest country in the world,” said U.S. District Judge Stephen Boug during the ceremony.

Victor Gomez, also a new U.S. citizen, is originally from the Dominican Republic.

"I like the sense of liberty,” Gomez said. “I like the look for becoming better every day, and it's something that I really admired. And I always wanted to be a part of it."

It's also a matter of pride in finishing one journey and starting another.

"It's a long process,” said Marcela Trochez. “We have been working for three years. So, it has like three different steps. This is the last step, so I’m very happy that finally, today, I am able to say that I am an American."

Now that he’s a U.S. citizen, KCTV5 asked César Ong from Taiwan what he planned to do next. “Work hard,” he responded. “I need to go back to work tonight.”

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