Ceremony Welcomes 150 New American Citizens - NECN

Ceremony Welcomes 150 New American Citizens



    New American Citizens Ceremony Held in Sturbridge

    On this July Fourth 150 people from 54 countries became American citizens at a ceremony held in Sturbridge. (Published Thursday, July 4, 2019)

    On this July Fourth 150 people from 54 countries came together to finish a journey that started years ago with a dream— and ended on this Independence Day with "So help me God."

    "It's exciting. Proud to be here," new citizen Emmanuel Awa said.

    "I'm very proud," Catriona Sheehan, also a new citizen, said.

    Jose Ramirez came to the U.S. from El Salvador more than 30 years ago, but now he can finally vote.

    "I feel blessed," he said.

    Alhaj Mohamed escaped war in his native Sudan and lived as a refugee in Libya and Tunisia before making it to the U.S.

    "I'm very happy today, and it feels like I was born today," he said. "I hope I am going to become a great citizen of this country."

    The ceremony was held at Old Sturbridge Village. It happened just hours after President Trump tweeted that his administration is still working to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

    "Personally, I wouldn't have a problem answering that question," Awa said.

    Ramirez agreed, saying he wouldn't have an issue with it even if he weren't a citizen.

    The ceremony in Sturbridge was one of more than 100 across the country on the Fourth. Nationwide, 7,500 people became naturalized U.S. citizens.

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