Welcoming new American citizens at naturalization ceremony

It was a memorable day for dozens in the valley as they became American citizens.

"I'm just really speechless, I'm so excited to be here today, I'm just beyond myself," said Lina Kachan.

Kachan is from Brazil but has spent the past 12 years in America. She is one of 70 people from 29 countries becoming U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony.

"I am extremely excited; this has been a dream for a long time," she said.

Applicants are tested and educated on American History, and what it means to become a citizen.

"Normally it takes anywhere between 5-6 months and I say it is a fast process because it used to take longer than a year," said USCIS spokesperson Maria Elena Upson.

"The applicants are sworn in, they recite the pledge of allegiance, and then they're called up to get their certificate, and that is when they officially become an American Citizen," said Upson.

"It's not only to have the American dream, but be the American dream, to be able to contribute to society and make this country grow," said Kachan.

Lina says she has waited years for this day, and now that it is finally here, she is taking it even further.

So what is the first thing she is going to do? "I'm going to get my passport today, and also be ready to vote. I'm really excited that I will be able to vote, to have an opinion is very important to me," said Kachan.

Around 1,100 people become American citizens each month.
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