New Americans in the Southern Tier

By Scott Sasina

July 18, 2014 Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 6:07 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton welcomed several new Americans Friday morning, as they gained citizenship downtown.

The candidates said they have been waiting a long time for this moment and it is a dream come true.

People from forty different countries arrived at the Broome County Court House Friday morning looking to gain their citizenship.

Each person had to say the Oath of Allegiance and were then registered to vote while in the court room.

Many of the new Americans said being a citizen in the United States means they are able to enjoy freedoms not many other countries allow.

"The U.S. is a country built from people, with people from all over the world and it really stands testimony to how great the country is. And it is very willing and accepting to people from everywhere," said Gayatri Jayaraman, a new American citizen.

71 immigrants walked into the courthouse Friday morning, but they all walked out as Americans.

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