Hundreds become US citizens ahead of Independence Day

Just days before Independence Day, some Bronx residents celebrated becoming official U.S. citizens.

Just days before Independence Day, some Bronx residents celebrated becoming official U.S. citizens.

Just days before Independence Day, some Bronx residents celebrated becoming official U.S. citizens. (7/1/16)

THE BRONX - Just days before Independence Day, some Bronx residents celebrated becoming official U.S. citizens.

Officials say 211 people from over 50 countries walked the path toward citizenship on Friday.

Among those granted citizenship was a new father of twin boys, who left Guatemala when he was 4 years old.

"Honestly it's the greatest feeling because now, having a family, it's not having to feel scared that I might have to go back home and not be able to raise them," said 20-year-old Alejandro Delcid.

New citizens held up their right hands and repeated the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance.

Some say the motivation to vote in the upcoming presidential election is what pushed them toward naturalization. 

Despite their reasons, the new naturalized Americans say they are happen to be in the United States.

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