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49 People Receive American Citizenship

EDGEWOOD, Ky (Angenette Levy) The United States has 49 new citizens today. They became Americans in a naturalization ceremony at a school in Edgewood.
Local 12 News Reporter Angenette Levy introduces us to one woman who came to the U.S. and is working as a teacher.
She says she's living the American dream. Here in the gym at Saint Pius Elementary School, 49 people officially became U.S. citizens today.
It marks the end of a very long journey for all of them.

The 49 people come from around the world ... from Africa to Switzerland ... and South America.

For some today was 10 years in the making.
"I am Raghad Abdulmajeed." 

Raghad Adbulmajeed arrived in the U.S. five years ago from Iraq.

"This is a special day. Great day! This is my dream."

Raghad was a refugee. She came to the U.S. with her two daughters, Rania and Zahara.

Raghad Abdulmajeed: "I am looking for safe life. Found here new life for me and for my kids."

"I hereby declare on oath."

As proud family members looked on, documenting the moment on their cell phones, Raghad and the others took an oath, renouncing allegiance to their native countries...
They received certificates and a flag, making it official... They are American citizens.
Raghad says her American life is a good one.  Raghad Abdulmajeed: "I have many friends. I get job. Good job."

Federal judges in the Eastern District of Kentucky are taking these naturalization ceremonies to schools in the district.
It allows more people to attend because the venues are bigger than a courtroom. And it gives students a chance to watch the process.



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