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22 people became new U.S. citizens in Great Falls

22 people became new U.S. citizens in Great Falls
22 people became new U.S. citizens in Great Falls
Posted at 8:45 AM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 10:54:14-04

GREAT FALLS — Twenty-two people became American citizens in Great Falls on Wednesday in a ceremony at the federal courthouse.

Reyna Atton of Great Falls was among those, and after being in America for a majority of her life she is thrilled.

“I know it may sound cheesy but the freedom aspect of it - because as an immigrant your presence here isn't always a sure thing it's not always a safe bet, but now having this official document saying, 'Hey, you're a U.S. citizen,' and having all those freedoms, and privileges, it feels really really good," Atton explained.

22 people became new U.S. citizens in Great Falls

Vimala Benson from Kalispell has been waiting for this moment since 2009, “I'm just so thrilled to finally feel like home here...grateful, and I love the freedom that we have here.”

The newly-minted citizens hail from the following countries: Canada, Germany, Guinea, Hong Kong, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

They live in Billings, Bozeman, Chinook, Gibson, Great Falls, Greycliff, Helena, Kalispell, Lewistown, Missoula, Shepherd, West Yellowstone, Whitefish and Whitehall.

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