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Dozens Become U.S. Citizens in Wicomico County

SALISBURY, Md.-Close to 50 people from 17 countries took the oath of allegiance during a special ceremony in Wicomico County on Thursday.

The ceremony conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services took place at Salisbury University's Guerrieri University Center.

For Eser Kandil the States seemed like a land far away from his country of Egypt but he said the the trek to make it to the land of opportunity didn't seem impossible.

"Initially in fact I did not want to stay but then we came to know about the country as the Mecca of immigrants from all over the world where the opportunities are," Kandil said, "we all feel that we belong to this country, you don't choose your nationality but this is a nationality that you chose so this what is unique about it."

And just like her fellow citizens Clarisse Tankou said that she too had a strong desire to be part of this country's story.

The registered nurse came from the Republic of Cameroon years ago. It was a move that she never thought twice about, all for the sake of giving her family the best this country has to offer. 

"I am proud to say now that I belong to this country that gives so many opportunities and equality to all Americans," Tankous said.

Deepa George said she couldn't wait to display her citizenship certificate.

"It is a big deal to be an Indian and to be an American so I am ready to be an American," George said.

The naturalization required candidates to be a resident for five years or more, be able to read and speak English in ordinary words, in addition to taking a civics test and knowing U.S.histoU.S. history
t was all part of a Second Annual Mobile Outreach event in Salisbury.
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