Dreams achieved at Tyler naturalization ceremony

It's a dream they have worked hard and waited for for quite some time. Today, some soon to be East Texans became citizens of United States. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley takes you to their naturalization ceremony.

All of these people are new citizens of the United States, and they are from everywhere - from as nearby as Mexico to as far away as the Philippines.

Tariq Bashir and his family are from Pakistan.

"We are so excited...very grateful that we finally got this. I waited too long for this," said Tariq.

It took Tariq three years to get his citizen certificate. Now, the possibilities in the U.S. for he and his family are endless.

"I am in the country where I feel very safe and I'm proud to be here, and of course my kids are here having good education...they have nothing to worry about, and God is great," said Tariq.

Mildred Galola feels the same way.

"A great opportunity for a lot of different things," said Mildred.

They spent countless hours learning to speak and write English. After all that hard work, they now feel a sense of accomplishment and, "...relief that is over and done with!"

Today, the new citizens all got American flags and their voter registration cards.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting lshockley@kltv.com