Kenya native Jacqueline Therese Busch receives her flag during the naturalization ceremony at the University of Toledo college of law where 81 immigrants became citizens.
Victor Zolotarev came from the Ukraine to be with family members.
Zorayda Helena Pina came from Colombia because of her husband's work.
Qiu Xian Li moved from China to be with her husband.
The three, along with 78 other people, became U.S. citizens yesterday. Judge Jack Zouhary of U.S. District Court presided over the naturalization ceremony at the University of Toledo college of law.
"Your wait [to become citizens]- however long - has been worth it," he told the 81 people.
Besides, he joked, "Long waits and bureaucratic snafus are part of the American experience, if not the American dream."
Douglas Ray, dean of the college of law, told the crowd it was fitting they were becoming citizens in a law school.
"We are a nation of laws," he said. "Today we celebrate your protection under those laws."
After taking the oath of citizenship and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the new Americans also heard the famous words by Emma Lazarus that grace the Statue of Liberty - "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
Those words are a beacon to immigrants around the world, said Bruce Kennedy, an associate law professor.
They also serve as a reminder to native-born Americans, he said, to not take for granted "the rights, freedoms, and liberties that the rest of the world hungers for."
Mr. Zolotarev said he would not take the freedoms of his new country lightly.
"It's a very special day for me," he said. "A lot of people in the world aim to come to the United States."
Ms. Pina said she was happy to be a citizen after living in the United States for 12 years.
"I feel very grateful to this country," she said. "It has been good to me and my family, too."
Ms. Qiu said after the ceremony, "I'm so happy."
She said she was particularly excited to be able to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
Those who were naturalized, listed by their countries of origin are:
Afghanistan - Iman Ahmad Sediqe
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Aleksandar Lucic
Canada - Camille Maia Castillo, Sharmaine Lia Mendoza Castillo, Miroslawa Wanda Gadzala, Rene Mejia Jr., Heena Sumantrai Patel, Wanda Lorraine White
China - Xiuyan Dong, Zhan Gao, Qiu Xian Li, Bo Chuan Wong, Li Zhang
Colombia - John Fredy Munoz, Zorayda Helena Pina
France - Jean-Claude Schmidt
Germany - Tassilo Baeuerle
Ghana - Benjamin Bedford Kodwo Taylor
Guatemala - Maria Elena Nagel
Guinea - Fatoumata Bah Omari
Guyana - Juliet Euphemia McCalman
Hungary - Csaba Jozef Nyiri
India - Gagandeep Brar, Sarma Venkata Subbaraya Kartrapati, Jalander Reddy Kontham, Vanaja Reddy Kontham, Bittu Singh Multani, Govind Chaturbhai Patel, Renuka Govindbhai Patel, Rekha Talla, Uma Jaimini Vora
Iran - Yousef Soleimani
Iraq - Ali Saib Almudallal
Jamaica - Maxine Rose Marie Eason, Raquel Fiona Leith
Jordan - Ala Ahmad Abumalouh, Leyla Wajdi Kublawi
Kenya - Jacqueline Therese Busch
Korea - Insun Choi
Lebanon - Robby Binni
Liberia - Samuel Sumo Payne
Mexico - Carmen Esparza, Karla Osiris Hayes, Juan Pablo Hernandez, David Loredo, Roberto Ramirez Martinez, Ana Patricia Medrano, Oscar Lara Moreno, Beronica Saenz, Juan Antonio Hernandez Sagrero, Joel Cabrera Sandoval, Servando Valdovinos, Osvaldo Jhonatan Sepulveda Villet, Florencia Velassquez Zuniga
Nicaragua - Carrol Sanchez
Nigeria - Olatokunbo Ijilade, Cornelius Nwanze Opara, Mfon Sunday Ubokudom
Pakistan - Shaista Habib, Fatima Badrul Hasan, Syed Badrul Hasan
Panama - Leyla Rosemarie Wilson
Philippines - Engelyne Mata Craft, Gregorio Mendoza Micua, Zenaida Mendoza Micua, John Carlo Mendoza Miranda, Agosto Enricoso Obaob, Shiela Mendoza Obaob, Richardson Enriquez Rodolfo, Cecilia Carpio Yarnell
Russia - Eugene Benjamin Friedman, Nadya Alexandrovna Glushko
South Africa - Mojabeng Esme Kamala
Taiwan - Stephanie Szu I Tseng Rogenski
Turkey - Mustafa Bayram, Steven Mustafa Ozbay
Ukraine - Victor Zolotarev
United Kingdom - Janet Greenberg, Jalpa Rajendrakumar Patel
Venezuela - Nicole Claire Ott Yunis
Yemen - Adnan A Alazizi
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