New U.S. Citizens

Peter Haskell/WCBS 880

More Than 200 People Take Oath As New U.S. Citizens

July 03, 2018 - 2:58 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- With immigration a hot political topic, it is also very personal for a group of people who became part of the American ideal.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, there were 200 people from 50 countries came to the New York Public Library to take the oath as U.S. citizens.

One of them was Fatmata Kalgbo, 32, from Sierra Leone.

“It feels great,” Kalgbo said. “Now I get to explore my possibilities.”

Kalgbo said similar opportunities were not available in Sierra Leone.

“Very poor and less opportunities,” she said, “and even if you graduate from school, you can’t really do anything.”

Kalgbo is a residential aide who dreams of becoming a nurse.

Also taking the oath Tuesday was Dervon Victorin, 19, from St. Lucia.

“I’m overwhelmed with joy, to be honest,” he said. “It’s a really good feeling.”

Victorin is in the Army Reserves.

“You can actually accomplish more being a citizen, so it would be like a better way to improve my career path,” he said.

The head of the New York Public Library, Anthony Marx, said this is a great country.

“But it is only a great country because it is a great country that brings us together across our differences; that says everyone is welcome and to be respected,” Marx said.

After taking the oath, the new citizens waved American flags and beamed.