Immigrants from 47 countries become U.S. citizens in El Paso

U.S. citizenship ceremony at the El Paso County Coliseum on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

Nearly 1,000 immigrants become U.S. citizens follow an immigration ceremony South Central El Paso.

The latest group of Americans celebrated their milestone with their families and friends.

The El Paso County Coliseum was filled with immigrants from 47 countries, from Australia to Nigeria.

Citizenship ceremonies in El Paso happen about once a month, according the United States and Immigration and Citizenship Services. They last about an hour.

An emotional part was after the oath of allegiance when the judge said my fellow Americans and the crowd erupted in cheers.

Ivan Cabello has been waiting five years to become naturalized.

“Man it feels awesome. I've waited for this day for so many years. I feel good. I feel blessed,” he said.

The oldest in the group was a 90-year-old man from Mexico and the youngest was an 18-year-old from China.

Tonight on KFOX14 at 9 p.m. hear what families in attendance had to say about families being separated and other immigration issues happening along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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