The diversity that makes America a melting pot for the world was displayed in a Gulfport courtroom Monday morning.
Men and women from 18 different countries took the oath of citizenship and became naturalized Americans.
They came from Vietnam and Nigeria, Poland and South Korea.
Federal Judge, Dan Russell Jr., handed out the citizenship certificates. Each of the new citizens went through several years of paperwork. They also completed a course of study about the history and government of the United States.