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Over 150 Immigrants Take Oath Of U.S. Citizenship

Many Say Ceremony Close To July 4 Is Fitting
Shayna Shaw

Shayna Shaw and her daughter, Kenia, at a U.S. citizen naturalization ceremony in Lower Manhattan. (Credit: Al Jones/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than 150 people took the oath of American citizenship in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, and many said it was fitting that the ceremony came so close to Independence Day.

As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, the new Americans hailed from 48 countries. One came from Guinea.

“It’s a big relief for me,” he said. “I’m very happy and proud.”

The timing was just as important to Fran Jankovich, a new American citizen from Serbia.

“It’s almost like the Fourth of July,” he said. “It’s a big thing, because that’s when the nation was born. It’s important.”

Shayna Shaw, who took the pledge alongside her 4-year-old daughter, Kenia, said the time near the Fourth of July was “very appropriate.”

And Gloria Cruz, from the Dominican Republic, said she had the future in mind while becoming a citizen.

“It’s good for my baby – my future baby because I’m pregnant. He wants to have a mother citizen,” she said.

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