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1/27/05-Tyler

Nearly 90 People Become American Citizens

Federal Judge Judith Guthrie told the prospective citizens the best news of this rainy day.

"When we get done today, you will be citizens. So, I know it's a very special day."

Mexican immigrant Veronice Rios speaks of her homeland with pride, but she moved to America because of what it offers.

"Because this is the land of opportunities," she said.

Sally Harmon is from the United Kingdom: "The hardest part is becoming a permanent resident."

All of these people from different backgrounds, from all over the world, joined today as Americans.

Philip Marsh immigrates from Australia: "I'm very excited. This is a big day in my life."

Pauline Graham is from Guyana: "It is so exciting. I'm so overwhelmed today."

Overwhelmed to begin a new chapter in life, in their new homeland.

Veronica Rios: "I'm so happy being a citizen, and I thank God and Jesus Christ for giving me the possibility to be alive and have this moment right here."

Sally Harmon: "I'm extremely happy. This is the end of a long road. My husband is an American."

Pauline Graham: "It means the world to me, it really means the world to me. I think I'll be able to do so much more."

The land of opportunity is open to them. This land is theirs now.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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