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03/12/04

It's Official: They're American Citizens

The Pledge of Allegiance is words  many of the  people in the U.S. District courtroom couldn't wait to recite. They took an oath to support our country, and received the certificate that makes them official U.S. citizens.

 "I'm an American and I feel wonderful," says Yasmin Mohiuddin. She came to this country from India in 1990. She knew there were opportunities here that she couldn't get in her homeland. "This is the new world, the whole world wants to come here and I guess we're just following the dream to come to America and start a new life for ourselves and our children," says Mohiuddin.

 Vietnamese native Tina Luong's two children were born in Mississippi, her husband is a naturalized citizen, and this is her day to complete her American family. "I love the freedom. In my country I don't have the choice to do anything I want. When I come here we have a future right now," says Luong.  Judge Lou Guirola says it's the same future his own parents were looking for when they arrived from Cuba in the 1950's. "Most all of my family are naturalized citizens and as I hear them, what they're looking for is what my family was looking for, they come to American seeking freedom, new opportunities and hope."

 Now as America's newest citizens, they're guaranteed those privileges that before they could only dream about.

Marcia Hill

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