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Dozens of new citizens naturalized in Lane County

At the naturalization ceremony, 26 people from 14 countries became U.S. citizens.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2019 6:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- For reasons all unique, dozens went to Eugene's U.S. District Courthouse Tuesday for a naturalization ceremony where they all would become United States citizens. 

One woman even said she's always felt like an American, saying she's been here so long she just assumed it was automatically assumed she was a citizen.  

Judge Ann Aiken, who led the ceremony, called it "one of the most remarkable assignments" that she can have as a court judge.

The 26 hailed from 14 different countries all over the globe.  

Somnuk Rader, born in Thailand, has been in America for more than 40 years, and she said she feels like she is in heaven after finally knowing she has the same rights as any natural-born citizen.

Many people left the ceremony with a renewed love for the country they call home.

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