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101 immigrants become citizens at naturalization ceremony in Hialeah

Group says they are looking forward to being able to vote in next election

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HIALEAH, Fla. – As protests are being held around the country following the presidential election, it was all about patriotism Thursday for a large group of immigrants in Hialeah who became citizens.

The 101 immigrants smiled in the immigration office as they waved American flags and sang along to "America the Beautiful."

"Thank you very much for this country, for this opportunity," Cuban immigrant Aranis Oramos said.

The group came from 16 different countries. However, the majority of the group at the naturalization ceremony are from Cuba.

The immigrants said they are excited to become Americans, and are perhaps most excited to have a voice in the country's next election.

"Now, we have to work together, and we have to do many things together," Oramos said.

"Are you looking forward to being able to vote the next time?" Local 10 News reporter Erica Rakow asked.

"Of course. I'm going to be the first (in line)," Oramos said.

Every year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement coordinates naturalization ceremonies around Veterans Day, dedicating the ceremonies to those who served and fought to defend our freedom.

Officials said 7,500 people will become new citizens this week.