WASHINGTON - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalized 833,000 people - an 11-year high in new oaths of citizenship - in fiscal year 2019, which ended September 30. This fiscal year, USCIS administered the Oath of Allegiance to 60 of America’s newest citizens, from 51 different countries, during a special naturalizing ceremony Tuesday at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Holding American flags in their left hands, the group raised their right hands, and placed them over their hearts, and took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America.
"It means a lot, joining one of the world’s greatest country of all times and able to serve this country," said Sandra Amoah, a new U.S. citizen originally from Ghana.
For these 60 people from 51 different countries, young and old, this was the final step to become a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. But it also marked a new beginning in their lives.
"It's going to open more doors for me for a young guy growing up, it's a great opportunity right here," Ghana native Yaw Opoku Amoah told VOA.
"I found it very emotional and I feel that it is a privilege that not very many people can obtain," Virginia Growich, a new U.S. citizen who was born in England said.
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