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60 New Citizens Now Call USA Their Country

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Friday was a day that 60 people will remember for the rest of their lives: They can now call themselves "Americans" after taking the naturalization oath and becoming U.S. citizens. They took the oath of allegiance and received their certificate at the federal courthouse in Fargo.

Many Americans are lucky to be born in the country and obtain citizenship at birth. Each year immigrants come to America to start a new life and apply for citizenship in hopes that, one day, they can call themselves U.S. citizen. 

"It is a big day for me today. I was actually born as a refugee, pretty much I did not have a country, a place to call my country. Now I am a United States citizen and have a place to call home," says Habimania Francos.
Applicants must have established permanent residency in the U.S. for at least five years, pass an English language test, and pass a civics test.

Habimania Francos lives in Grand Forks and came to America in 2005 from Burendi which is located in south east Africa. He dreamed of being a citizen. Friday his dream came true and he now has a new bigger dream.

"My dream now is to maybe one day, I hope to make the Olympic and compete for team U.S.A., " says Francos.

Francos loves to run and hopes to be a long distance runner for Team U.S.A. He ran track in high school and still helps coach at Red River High School. Francos goes to a technical college and although they don't have a track program he still  practices for fun.

"My fiends make fun of me, like in the summer I don't need a car because every time they see me, they see me running."

Francos says his parents are not citizens yet and he is the last of his siblings to become an American citizen.

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