Thirty-three become official US citizens at federal courthouse

Posted at 6:46 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 22:44:10-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A naturalization ceremony welcomed 33 new U.S. citizens Friday afternoon at the Roman L. Hruska United States Courthouse.

After months of paperwork and certification, people of different nations and their families filled a courtroom to celebrate. Lucero Ruiz planned how she would celebrate since she started the process in May.

"I'm going to register to vote," Ruiz said. "I'm looking forward to voting and being a part of elections."

The 28 year-old from the Dominican Republic was seated among people from Brazil, Burma and parts of Africa among other countries. Families across the courtroom watched as a judge recognized the efforts to earn citizenship. An a cappella group sang American anthems, followed by a video message from President Trump congratulating the citizen's accomplishment.

"The ceremony was good, I loved it," Ruiz said. "It made me want to cry. [It's] worth it."

Friday was the final naturalization ceremony scheduled in Omaha this year.