10 New Citizens Who Are Psyched To Be Americans

More than 7,000 people became naturalized U.S. citizens during a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. BuzzFeed asked some of them why they’re excited about becoming Americans.

After words from a black robed judge, a sworn oath of allegiance, good tidings from Office of Homeland Security, a recorded message from President Barack Obama, and a music video featuring clips of cornfields and spiffy Navy men standing in neat rows, thousands of newly-christened U.S citizens waved their tiny American flags in celebration. The top ten countries represented at Friday’s ceremony were:

1. Mexico
2. Philippines
3. El Salvador
4. South Korea
5. Iran
6. China
7. Guatemala
8. Vietnam
9. Armenia
10. India

The new Americans gathered after the ceremony to take pictures with their cheering families, get their new blue passport, and lined up for some bacon-wrapped hot dogs simmering on food carts outside the convention center. It was pretty difficult not to get misty-eyed from watching so many people be so excited. We asked some new citizens why they were so stoked.

1.

Top-hatted lady from South Africa.

2.

Best accessory of the day goes to the gentleman from Freetown, Sierra Leone.

3.

Business-minded young man from Iran.

5.

Two ladies one from Russia (left) and Armenia (right).

6.

Doctor from Colombia with friends and family.

7.

Pearl studded Philippine native.

8.

Mother, son and family from El Salvador.

9.

Gentleman from France who became a citizen today says: “These Americans are strong and I’m proud of them!”

10.

Exuberance via Nigeria!

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