On Monday, Colorado Springs welcomed 42 people from 27 different countries, including Australia, Haiti, Nigeria, Uzbekistan as they became American citizens.
More than one million people became U.S. Citizens in 2017.
While many events begin with the national anthem, the song holds a stronger meaning at the naturalization ceremony. A reminder to those in attendance that 40 people were about to be called U.S. soil home for the first time.
“It’s pretty incredible to be part of something so meaningful in the lives of everyone who participates,” said John Spears, the Chief Librarian and CEO of the Pikes Peak Library District.
Originally from Nigeria Ibrahim Harune calling the United States home with his wife and kids. Harune was one of the dozens that raised their right hands and pledged their allegiance to America.
“It feels great, this has been in the making since 2011,” said Ibrahim Harune. “My wife put the pressure she said you have children here, you have nothing to lose. And absolutely I have nothing to lose.”
“I do think as a natural born citizen you can take it for granted. These people chose to embark on this process and it’s not easy,” Spears said.
The process wasn’t easy for Harune and now he’s proud to be an American.
“They told me that it wasn’t really working out, so my wife reached out to Doug Lamborn,” said Harune. “Doug Lamborn sent a letter out to India. He made it possible to me to get here.”
Congressman Doug Lamborn released a statement to FOX21 on Harune’s citizenship.
“Constituent services are an important function in my role as Congressman of Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District. I’m honored to be a resource to my constituency and help in any way I can. Congratulations to Ibrahim Harune from Nigeria on becoming an American citizen. I hope you continue to enjoy success in the United States and that you’ll continue to call our district home. I’m glad that you see the American way of life is worth your hard work and lawful efforts in becoming a citizen.” — Rep. Lamborn
One step of the process of becoming a naturalized citizen involves taking an oral test. There are 100 questions to study from, they ask you up to 10 and you have to get at least six of them right to pass. Take an example quiz below.