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Dozens of immigrants become United States citizens

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A naturalization ceremony, held at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, welcomed 70 immigrants as new United States citizens.

Many of the immigrants came from Mexico and Canada but in total, 30 countries were represented.

Librado Campos immigrated from Mexico. He said Friday's ceremony was a day he would not soon forget.

"It's very important for me to become an American Citizen because now I can do more for this country and personally for my family and me and for my wife," Campos said.

For many, they said the road to citizenship was a long one but a well-worth it of a wait.

"It took a few years but finally I got my citizenship," Elvira Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez was brought to the United States when she was only six years old. Today, she's an adult and stands as an American for the first time.

"It means I have the same rights as a U.S. citizen and that's just awesome that this country gives the opportunity for immigrants to have the same rights as their citizens so I'm very blessed," Rodriguez said.

While the future of undocumented immigrants is uncertain after President Donald Trump rescinded DACA, Rodriguez said young immigrants shouldn't give up.

"Keep dreaming. Never stop pursuing what you want in life because everything is possible. Everything is possible so continue to preserve in your dream," she said.

Newly citizens were given new social security cards and were able to register to vote following the ceremony.

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