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Binghamton Welcomes American's Newest Citizens

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45 people from 27 different countries became America's newest citizens.

They were sworn in Friday morning inside a Binghamton Courtroom.
Eight of the 27 have requested a name change. The new citizens recited the pledge of allegiance and oath of citizenship.

They were also reminded of their new rights, such as the right to free speech, right to free assembly, and the right to vote.

"I feel that I am an American at heart. I've resided in the United States for 20 years. It is the country that I grew up in, I went to school throughout elementary, middle school, and college," said new American citizen Tania Penefort.

Penefort says she looks forward to voting, calling it the most valuable part of citizenship.