POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 3:21pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 8:00am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — “Welcome to America!...Happy to be in America – yay!”
One hour was all it took for the lives of 120 people to be changed forever. Proud friends and family members bore witness in this courtroom as 120 people from ten different countries raised their hands, and became Americans.
“Now that all 120 people have become naturalized American citizens in the federal courthouse, several of them expressed their excitement about the perks of living in the land of opportunity.”
“It’s more opportunities from me and for my family of course. Um, I can study more and I can also, um, vote now, which, it’s pretty fun.”
“I’ve been here for four years now and I have kids so it’s a very good thing that I’ll become part of this station and I am so proud to be an American.”
“Through the spirit of camaraderie and patriotism, those people were valued. So it shows the spirit of America that everybody-everybody can become an American that values their country.”
Congressman Filemon Vela was among the speakers congratulating the new citizens, stating: "We don't ask that you lose your love for your native country, but we do ask that you commit your loyalty to your new country."
“Congratulations and may God bless you and your families.”
Tomorrow the United States of America will turn 237 years of age. Today our country gained 120 new family members.
Reporting from Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.