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Davis H.S. hosts citizenship oath ceremony

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- More than four dozen people from ten different countries became naturalized U.S. citizens Thursday in Yakima.

A total of 46 people took the oath and received their official papers. They'll now be able to register to vote, as early as this week.

The ceremony was held at Davis High School inside the KIVA auditorium.

KNDO spoke to Lidia Rojas from Richland, who says she moved to the United States from Peru."I am very happy. I say 'thank you' in the United States for this ceremony and this citizen," Rojas said.

Officers with the U.S. Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services conducted the ceremony.

"There are many Congressional laws that allow individuals, whatever their status to become lawful, permanent residents," says Field Office Director Keith Brown, for the Yakima Citizenship and Immigration Services, adding "Regardless of how they entered the country."

Brown says they offer classes to those wanting to take the steps in becoming legalized citizens.

The Yakima office is located at 415 North 3rd Street. They cover eight counties in the region - Klickitat, Kittitas, Yakima, Franklin, Benton, Douglas, Grant and Chelan counties, according to Brown.

For more information on U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, click here.