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Naturalization ceremony held for 59 new U.S. citizens


TROY, N.Y. - It was a moment of pride for Yong Qia Gan. It was as if he were on a game show when he ran to the podium to accept his naturalization certificate as he became an American citizen.

Among the 59 new citizens stood Nasim Mohammadi. Nasim came to the U.S. five years ago through the United Nations refugee program from Afghanistan. "When the Taliban came to north Afghanistan, they attacked our city and stripped our life," he explained.

That was 14 years ago. He's made stops in Pakistan and Iran before finally making it to the United States where he says he gained his freedom. "Whatever you want you can reach it here," Mohammadi said.

The naturalization Friday allowed him to make his dream a reality. Going from refugee to an American citizen. "It is so important, I love the U.S.," he said.

Nasim says he's planning to become a model citizen as he continues his education for mechanical engineering. He says he's looking forward to his first big election. "I want to vote first."

It was with that hope and passion that 59 people took the oath of allegiance and
pledged allegiance to the flag for the first time as U.S. citizens.
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