New citizens welcomed at naturalization ceremony

Posted at 4:45 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 19:19:46-05

WEST ALLIS -- It was a special moment. One-hundred and seventy people made their pledge of allegiance to the United States of America and became U.S. citizens on Friday.

Some came from all parts of Wisconsin to finally make things official. Sherien is from Jordan and she has been living here for almost six years. She said that it finally feels good to complete a long and lengthy process.

"I love this country so much...America now it's my home," she said.

And Sherien can't wait to exercise her American rights.

"I can vote next time, I can do everything," Sherien said.

Sandra Vilches is excited to become a new American as well. While flags were being waved she said she thought about how thankful she is for the opportunity.

"I have family here and family in Chile but it's an honor to be a U.S. citizen," Vilches said.

Vilches is from Chile and has been living here for 16 years. She wasn't in a hurry to get her citizenship but she's happy it's finally done.

"For me it was easy, it was a really nice process," she said.

The naturalization ceremony had representation from 51 different countries.