More than a dozen people from nine different countries, raised their hands in a Mississippi courtroom to be sworn in as new U.S. citizens.
They said the pledge of allegiance for the first time – as citizens. It is a proud moment for Freddie Zayzay.
“Words are not sufficient right now, but I mean I’m just happy.”
“I felt pride I teared up.”
Years of hard work–patience–and dedication–each of these people celebrate their new home country.
“A long process and today is finally the end of it.”
Zayzay’s life has been an adventure. Born and raised in Liberia, he worked hard to get a United Nations scholarship, after a stint in Russia he returned home to a completely different country.
“A civil war started, which lead me to come over to the United States and a new journey started.”
He is the first in his family to become a U.S. citizen.
Other families helped support their relative’s journey to citizenship. Like Joe Reeves, his stepson made the commitment today.
“I have filled a thing called alpha davit of support, which that basically means if he was to go on public assistance I have signed an agreement with the IRS, that could levee against me.”
A risk, Reeves says was worth taking.
But the Trump administration is proposing changes to the country’s immigration laws, changes many thinks are too strict.
“I think it should be more of a merit-based we have families here like my wife who also has a daughter and we file for her also, but she was an adult child so she’s on a ten-year waiting list.”
“I think we should give them a chance its hard out there very very hard, and if you’re not out there you don’t know it.”
The process ended with all new citizens having the option to register to vote.