New American citizens take oath

Published: Mar. 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2017 at 12:08 AM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - America's newest citizens come from as far away as Peru, Russia and the Sudan, and this week they took the oath of allegiance to the United States.

A Naturalization Ceremony was held Thursday at the federal courthouse in Jackson.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Anderson administered the citizenship oath.

They are former residents of Canada, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Pakistan and India to name a few of the countries of origin.

Officials said it can take up to five years to gain citizenship.

Applicants must speak basic English and are tested on American History and the laws of the country.

"Becoming an American it's pretty special. I've been here for a long time but going through the process it's been a long process, but I'm just glad today came and it's an exciting day," said U.S. citizen Jason Jaeseong Ryu formerly of South Korea.

"This is the best part of our job is to see the end of the road. Some of them have been for various reasons in our immigration system for many many years before they finally become citizens," said Randy Stebbins with the Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Twenty two people became American citizens during the Naturalization Ceremony.

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