June 28, 2022

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Powerful photos of people becoming American citizens

By Jackie Nappo From Business Insider

New citizens stand during the Pledge of Allegiance at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan
Naturalization ceremonies can be emotional. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

For many immigrants that come to the US, the citizenship process can be long, expensive, and stressful. It comes as no surprise that for those who traveled from all corners of the world to come here, the moment that they become naturalized as citizens is typically filled with joy, relief, and excitement.

Here are some powerful photos of newly naturalized American citizens.

Silvia Hunt cheered as Mexico was called during a naturalization ceremony.
On that day, 755 people became new United States citizens at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team in Atlanta. AP
She became a citizen on September 16, 2016.

Hatoumata Tounkara held up her naturalization certificate.
Tounkara was a Muslim refugee who came to the US from Mali. AP
She became a citizen on June 20, 2016.

Roberta Minke hugged her daughter Sophia after becoming a citizen.
Over 9,000 new citizens were sworn in over the Fourth of July holiday week in ceremonies held around the country in 2014. AP
She became a citizen on July 3, 2014 in Irving, Texas.

Jean Naason waved his flag with a smile during a naturalization ceremony.
About 50 people became citizens during that ceremony. AP
He became a citizen on June 5, 2014 in Miami.

Zuyu Nu took the oath of citizenship at the Statue of Liberty.
He was serving with the US Navy. AP
He became a citizen on October 28, 2011 with 125 people.

Robert Moshenko rocked an American flag jacket during his ceremony.
He is originally from Canada. AP
He became a citizen on September 20, 2010 with 60 people.

Maria E. Del Rio kissed her husband, Raul del Rio as he became a citizen.
Rio waited for 53 years to become a citizen after arriving from Mexico. AP
He became a citizen on August 20, 1998 among 10,000 people in two different ceremonies.

An new citizen has an emotional moment during his ceremony.
He stood for the invocation with his flag. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
He became a citizen on March 21, 2013.

People shook hands during a ceremony.
The ceremony took place at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. John Moore/Getty Images
They became citizens on September 17, 2015.

Maria De Las Mercedes Nunez Salgado smiled widely as she became a citizens.
She immigrated from Spain and took her oath of citizenship at the Betsy Ross House. AP
She became a citizen on a June 14, 2006.

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