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    As Lady Liberty Celebrates 125 Years, Immigrants Become Americans

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    Immigrants from 46 countries are taking the ferry to New York’s Liberty Island for a special celebration. The Statue of Liberty celebrates its 125th birthday. Our correspondents bring you the story.

    These immigrants from 46 countries are taking the ferry to New York’s Liberty Island. It’s October 28, a special date for the Statue of Liberty.

    [National Park Official]:
    “Yes we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.”

    But today they’re not visiting the monument as tourists.

    [National Park Official]:
    “…but we are celebrating something maybe even a little more important than that.”

    These 125 immigrants are celebrating what may be the dream of thousands of others like them.

    [Andrea J Quarantino, NYC District Director]:
    “You’ve come from 46 countries around the world, and in a few moments you are going to stand as one and become citizens of the United States of America.”

    They gained the citizenship in a solemn ceremony where they gave an oath: They renounced allegiance to their country of birth and pledged allegiance to the United States of America.

    But becoming a US citizen is not a simple task. The applicants had to meet the eligibility requirements for naturalization.

    [Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of USCIS]:
    “There are a number of different steps. People who become citizens have to demonstrate facility with the English language, they have to pass a naturalization test that examines their familiarity with our nation’s systems our civics, and they have to be of good moral character.”

    Iam Pinto is originally from India. He’s been in the US under a green card for 20 years. After his son was born in the United States, he decided to apply for citizenship. But he says the application process didn’t go smoothly...