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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Being an American citizen is something many take for granted. But a group of individuals who just received the gift of freedom could not be more thankful.

117 people from 52 different countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe took the oath of citizenship at the ceremony that’s part of the annual Fourth of July celebration in Southport.

“Thank you America for all the things you have done for me,” said Mujinga Mpunga who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“I’m feeling very excited, very honored, very thankful,” Kuchang Nukchein who was born and raised in India said.

“It’s just so wonderful,” said Nicole McKee who hails from Switzerland. “I just can’t describe it right now.”

“I really wished to come to United States,” said Mohamed Abouelnasr who grew up in Egypt. “I didn’t expect that my dream could happen.”

Abouelnasr said he always dreamed of becoming like the cowboys he watched in American movies.

Julie Tran who moved to America from Vietnam said, “When I owned business in my country, the government controlled everything. Here I can do everything and I pay tax.”

Holocaust survivor Alfred Schnog delivered the keynote address and stressed the importance of loyalty and freedom, something our newest citizens do not take for granted.

“Here you feel more freedom,” Nukchein said. “Nobody bothers you. Whatever you feel like doing, you can do.”

“They have different problems and different situations. In United States, they give a chance for every person,” Abouelnasr said. “You can start from the beginning, or you can find your freedom.”

“In my country right now, it’s more trouble for them,” Mpunga said. “There is war everywhere. It is very, very hard.”

Whether from war-torn nations or countries under political oppression, these new Americans are now united in the land of the free and home of the brave.

The largest percentage of the new citizens came from Mexico. And an entire family from South Korea took the oath together.

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9 Comments on "Newest American citizens rejoice for freedom"

2015 years 9 months ago

Congratulations to these newest citizens…

…and thank you for taking the time and effort become part of the USA the proper way!

2015 years 9 months ago

And thank you for coming here to be a LEGAL citizen!

OKI American
2015 years 9 months ago

I attended the great ceremony in Southport yesterday and today the USA is better thanks to these 117 new friends, neighbors and citizens!

2015 years 9 months ago

If they are legal they probably did it right!!

2015 years 9 months ago

Thank you for showing the legals how to do it right. Congratulations on becoming Americans.

2015 years 9 months ago

If you all really are happy for them all you needed
to say was congrats and left it at that All the other
comments about doing it right had nothing to do
with them but everything to do with those that come
across the border illegal .To the new
citizens congrats.

2015 years 9 months ago

These new citizens came into our country, followed the rules and became American citizens just like you and I. Their perserverence is in total oppositional testament to the illegals that CHEAT this great country everyday with their hands out gulping every free tax dollar our generous government will dole out to them.
I personally welcome legal immigrants into our country and detest the illegal theives that break into our country and steal from our taxpayers while our government turns their head in apathy.

Port city rider
2015 years 9 months ago

Keep reading .I hear both of you,both with
valid observation.Those that are illegal some of
them want a better life and some are making
a difference and no I am not one of them.They
just want a piece of that apple pie and baseball

2015 years 9 months ago

Very well said and may I add that those who do it the illegal way and those who condone the illegal behavior are slapping the faces of those who do it the hard and legal way.


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