January 20, 2006
A federal judge welcomed new U.S. citizens to the Commonwealth today. On Friday 51 foreigners raised their right hands and read the oath of U.S. citizenship.
Each of them had to prove residency and pass U.S. history tests. Some people said the best part about becoming a U.S. citizen is that their voice can now be heard through voting.
"I've been here for 16 years and now I've become a citizen and I have the rights of every other American," said Mourat Fahim.
More citizens will be participating in another naturalization ceremony on February 1, 2006.