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Immigrants sworn in as citizens in Lubbock

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At the Mahon Federal Building in Lubbock about 20 immigrants were sworn in as U.S. citizens on Thursday.

As part of their swearing, the new citizens sang the Star Spangled Banner and recited the Pledge of Allegiance before taking the oath to become American Citizens.

"Oh it's awesome. It's overwhelming, and I'm really proud to be an American now," said Mavictoria Manigopatano, from the Philippines.

Lubbock's Congressman Randy Neugebauer also attended the celebration, welcoming and congratulating the new citizens. "There were a lot of smiling faces today as these people go on and say I'm a United States American citizens," said Neugebauer. "I commend these people because they've gone through the process and did it legally, and that's the right way to do it."

In order to become a U.S. Citizen, immigrants must go through a detailed process that takes about six months.

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