SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – They were born in liberia, Ghana, and Brazil. Natives of 29 African, european, and middle eastern nations gathered at Western new england university law school for a common purpose, to become american citizens. About three dozen people took the oath to become U.S. Citizens Friday at Western New England University in Springfield.
Noreen Orinda, Native of Kenya told 22News, “Something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. And happy I really an happy to be part of this country, to live the ideals of this country.”
Federal judge Mark Mastorianni swore the new Americans in, and recounted that his grandparents, who immigrated from Poland and Italy, were also naturalized citizens of the United States.
Mark Mastroianni, US District Court Judge said, “The background is so deep and rich in history and to have that history come together to watch it all blend to become part of the American fabric, such an honor for me to be part of.”
These new American citizens immediately earned the right be become registered voters and cast their ballot immediately for President of the United States, receiving an exception from the deadline.