50 Kids & Teens Granted Citizenship In Miami

50 Kids & Teens Granted Citizenship In Miami


SUNDAY FOR MOTHER’S DAY 89 DEGREES AND SCATTERED STORMS. ELIOTT? LISSETTE, THANK YOU. NEW AT NOON, A SPECIAL DAY FOR DOZENS OF TEENAGERS HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THEY CAN NOW CALL THEMSELVES AMERICAN CITIZENS. CBS 4 NEWS’ TIANA JONES IS LIVE IN NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE. SHE SPOKE TO THEM ON A DAY THEY WILL REMEMBER IF ARE YEARS TO COME, RIGHT? Reporter: THEY WILL. 50 TEENAGERS WALKED IN THE BUILDING BEHIND ME. WHEN THEY WALKED OUT THEY WERE ALL U.S. CITIZENS! A CERTIFICATE, A PLEDGE, AND A STATUS CHANGE FROM RESIDENT TO CITIZEN. THIS CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY IN MIAMI TODAY WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE ALMOST EVERY NEW CITIZEN SWORN IN TODAY IS A TEENAGER. BECOMING A U.S. CITIZEN WAS A PROUD MOMENT FOR THE PARENTS AND TEENS. THE LITTLE THINGS AMERICANS TAKE FOR GRANT READY NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT AWAIT THEM. I CAN GET A DRIVER’S LICENSE, I CAN GET A JOB. I WILL GET MY PASSPORT. HERE WE ARE A FREE COUNTRY. YOU GOOD ET TO BE FREE. Reporter: FOR THIS 18 — YOU GET TO BE FREE. Reporter: FOR THIS 18-YEAR- OLD HIS HOME IS THE ONLY ONE HIS PARENTS HAVE KNOWN. HIS PARENTS MOVED HERE WHEN HE WAS 2 YEARS OLD. WHEN I WAS RAISED HERE MY FIRST LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH. Reporter: BUT HE LEARNED FEELING AND BEING A U.S. CITIZEN ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. NOW I CAN DO SO MANY THINGS THAT I COULD NOT AS A RESIDENT. I AM REALLY PROUD OF THIS. I AM AN AMERICAN NOW! Reporter: HE ALSO LOOKS FORWARD TO FILLING OUT COLLEGE APPLICATIONS. THE BOX THAT SAYS U.S. CITIZEN,

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