40 sworn in as new American citizens

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Friday was a special day for 40 people as they became American citizens.

Hailing from around the world, they took the oath at a naturalization ceremony at the ECU Heart Institute.

The event was the first collaboration between the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services and East Carolina.

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The new citizens say they are happy they are here.

“It was a long road,” said Mary Nkwh from Cameroon. “It’s not like you can jump into America and then you become a citizen the next day. It’s a process and I had to go all through that and so I’m really grateful today.”

“I wanted to become a U.S. citizen many years ago, but I never seemed to find the right time or really get myself together or do the due processes that I need to do to become a citizen,” explained Edgar Ferrer-Lorenzo, who left Cuba in 2004.

The ceremonies are held most weeks someplace around the state.

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