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More than 30 become American citizens in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Dozens of people in our region became naturalized U.S. citizens Tuesday.

More than 30 people from 15 countries took the "Oath of Allegiance" in U.S. District Court.

Federal Magistrate James Hutton presided over the ceremony.

Many people were from Mexico, some from South Korea, Sudan and even Russia.

KNDO/KNDU's web manager, Karla Beck, who was born in Fruitvale, British Columbia, also became an American citizen.

"This has been the best day ever. I've been looking forward to this for 14 years now. So I finally have my citizenship, and now I can move onto bigger opportunities," Beck said.

Family members and friends gathered around the newly sworn-in citizens. Many took photos and got the chance to meet with Judge Hutton.

There were people on hand to provide information about the many benefits of becoming a citizen, such as voting, holding a public office position and serving on a jury.