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100 new U.S. citizens take Oath of Allegiance at the Air Force Academy

Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 20:40:52-04

AIR FORCE ACADEMY — It is Constitution Week and naturalization is a long and important part of this foundation document of the United States. " It's like a celebration of who we are,” said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, District Director, Kristi Goldinger. Nearly 100 people took the Oath of Allegiance at the Air Force Academy on Friday, making them new U.S. citizens.

"Very long road to become a U.S. Citizen," said Youssef Khalil who moved as a kid from Egypt and now trains with USA Wrestling in Colorado Springs. A years long process for immigrants, this day representing 36 countries.

Julie Rapone also came to the U.S. as a kid. Nearly three decades later a long awaited right is now possible. "It's very important, because now I get to vote and I'll make a difference and so to me that is huge." There was a table set up to register to vote after the ceremony and it was busy.

The 100 new citizens from the Colorado Springs ceremony are among more than 34-thousand others who became United States citizens this week.