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Twenty People From 12 Countries Gain American Citizenship in Richland

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Twenty people from 12 different countries became American citizens in Richland Thursday morning.

Senior Judge Edward Shea presided over the naturalization ceremony at the U.S. District Courthouse.

Aida Sharshenbieva was one of those who earned her citizenship. She came from Kurdistan and said she's excited about the opportunities America offers and that she's proud to be a part of the United States.

"It's been such a long run and I'm just excited to be here. Unfortunately, my family is on a trip so they couldn't be here but my friends are here. It's a really big special day for me today. For my family and myself,' said Sharshenbieva.

Aida came to the United States back in 2003 as an exchange student. She went to school at Columbia Basin College and now works at HAPO Community Credit Union.

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