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Students welcome new American citizens

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Twenty-seven people became American citizens in Judge Clay Land's federal courtroom Tuesday.

Here's what one had to say after the naturalization ceremony.

"My parents are both American citizens. I'm going to be living here for the rest of my life, and I thought it would be a good idea to just become and American citizen," said Vyncent Zhang, originally from China. "I feel like, I've been working here for the past 15 years, basically one in all but name."

"It's a very moving ceremony, one that I wish everybody could be here, because it make you proud to be an American, and proud to see these people and all the work they've gone through to learn all the things they had to learn to become a citizen of the United States," added Wendy Harding with the Daughters of the Revolution.

Each one of the new Americans had to pass a citizenship test, and take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S.

A group of students 8th graders from Brookstone School had a special "government" assignment and headed to the federal courthouse to welcome the new citizens.

"We're doing the pledge of allegiance for the new American to welcome into the country," said Emily Elliott.

"I feel really, really excited today," said Emilce Echevarria. "It's a wonderful day to me. Well, I can't express how I feel now. Very, very excited."

"I become citizen. I can work for government. I can vote. I have freedom," said Danny Tri Nguyen from Vietnam.

We say congratulations and welcome to our new fellow Americans.

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