New Citizens Sworn In - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/24/08

New Citizens Sworn In

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Democracy and freedom are changing lives on the South Plains.

"Each one of you is an American. You now enjoy all rights, privileges and protections offered by the constitution to all citizens of this country," said the judge.

With those words, 28 people officially became American citizens. The ceremony happened at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lubbock federal courthouse. And for these new Americans, today was a long time coming and a dream come true.

"I'm proud of it and I believe that I will try to be a healthy and helpful citizen," said Syed Fozail Ashrafi.

"It feels awesome it feels great. It's been something I've wanted to do for a long time now. I love this country and I love to be an American," said Nettie Peters.

"It's nice. There are so many more opportunities now that I'm a citizen to really get involved," said Helen Tang Paradise.

During the ceremony, each new citizen was presented with an American flag and pin along with a copy of the United States Constitution.

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