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New Citizens Naturalized in Jackson

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- The number of Americans who call West Tennessee home has increased.

Tuesday morning, more than 50 people swore their allegiance to the United States of America and become U.S. citizens.

The naturalization ceremony was held at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Jackson before a packed courtroom.

These new Americans said they look forward to the freedoms their citizenship brings.

"I won't have to go through the struggles that most people go through to get here. I can come and go as I please," said Elizabeth Lopez, a newly naturalized citizen.

"What I like best about this country is the spectrum of the people that I see over here and people that be of any color, race or religion, but when it comes down to the core essential values, it's an American,"
said Yesswn Drawal, a new American citizen.

The more than 50 new citizens come from 27 different countries.
Ceremonies like these are held at various times throughout the year.