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Coloradans celebrate 4th of July as new citizens

People from 11 countries swore an Oath of Allegiance to the United States at Centennial Village in Greeley, Monday.

They came from all over: Jamaica, Somalia, Russia.

But they're all Americans, now.

People from 11 countries swore an Oath of Allegiance to the United States at Centennial Village in Greeley, Monday.

It ends a years'-long journey for many of them.

To naturalize as a U.S. citizen, a person has to have a green card for five years, demonstrate a grasp of English, and pass a notoriously difficult civics exam.

Tatiana Lee, originally from Russia, choked up talking about her first 4th of July as an American.

“Everybody has been very supportive. I just enjoy their company. And it's just hard to put into words. It's more like a feeling in your heart," Lee said.

Several new citizens say they're particularly excited to vote.