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I have been a legal resident of the United States for many years now and considered this country as my home. Today I officially became an American citizen, and couldn’t be more proud to finally call myself an American. Immigrants such as myself come to the United States because of the opportunities available here. Most of which is either overlooked, taken for granted, or just plain ignored by many U.S. citizens who never had to think about or go through this process. You are free to be the person you choose to be, free to practice any religion or not practice a religion at all, whatever it may be you are in a country with endless possibilities. These are just a few of the reasons that I decided to take the oath and officially become an American. The process is long and tedious, expensive and time consuming but in the end, once completed, it is gratifying and well worth the effort. At the ceremony itself, there were 52 immigrants from 37 different countries from around the world all waiting and wanting one thing, to finally be apart of a country that has given us shelter and allowed us to call it our home. For me the most important thing of all becoming a U.S. citizen is that now I get to vote. I am a woman, I am a minority, and I am happy to use the right that so many before me have fought for. At the end of the ceremony, all 52 of us can now finally call ourselves Citizens of the United States of America and it’s something that will stay in my memory for the rest of my life.

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