A day before we celebrate our nation's independence, a group of people has something significant to be proud of their new citizenship.
Forty four immigrants are deemed U.S. Citizens in a special naturalization ceremony Tuesday morning. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Omaha Office administered the "Oath of Allegiance."
The candidates in omaha were from 23 different countries. They have to be 18-years-old and have been a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. for at least 30 months.
"I've felt like an American for 35 years but now I wanted to be American. I felt it's my duty I wanted to be patriotic, I wanted to vote, to serve in jury duty when it's called for, and the timing was right," said Tomaz Duszynski, who is a naturalized citizen from Poland.
About 700,000 people become naturalized citizens in the U.S. every year.