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20 immigrants from ten nations become citizens in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Home is where the heart is, and for a few excited candidates, home is now officially the Greater Utica region.

A naturalization ceremony, hosted by Oneida County Clerk Sandra Deperno, took place Friday at the Oneida County office building.

20 new citizens, all now live in Utica, Rome and Holland Patent.

They are from Malaysia, Vietnam, Ukraine, Burma, The Dominican Republic, Belarus, Sudan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Egypt.

All were formally presented with certificates of naturalization.

Students from Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees opened the ceremony with a song in honor of World Peace Day.

This day means everything to the former immigrants who risked their lives to get a better life.

The new citizens can now apply for jobs, get a passport, and even vote in the upcoming presidential election.

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