New Americans Pledge Allegiance to Reach Their Dreams

OMAHA, Nebraska. – 36 people from 13 different countries pledged allegiance to America this morning during a naturalization ceremony at  Metro Community College’s South Omaha Campus.

For many of the legal residents, becoming a U.S. citizen is a dream.

“It feels incredible,” says Saul Santos Escobedo from Mexico “It’s what I have been waiting for a long time. Today is the day and I am happy. I am even nervous, very emotional.”

“Immigration is not just a link to Americas’ past ,” said Federal Judge administering the Oath. “It is also a bridge to America’s future.”

The new citizens came from Cuba, El Salvado, Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya, Vietnam, Somalia, Thailand and Somalia.

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