Nebraska holds two ceremonies for 31 naturalized citizens

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 6:46 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska adds another 31 citizens today in two naturalization ceremonies at the federal courthouse.

“It’s a big day for me.”

Ledicia Abont is at the end of a long road. She came to America from Gabon in western Africa 11 years ago with her husband.

They divorced a few years later and Ledicia ended up in Nebraska.

“I moved here because I have family here. I love it here, it’s really a good place to raise your kids. I have two beautiful children, one boy, and one girl.

Ledicia is one of 31 immigrants who took the oath of citizenship today at the federal courthouse. These new citizens came here from 18 different countries.

She says the years of learning about America paid off.

“Before I started, I was kind of nervous about what I have to do to learn all the history but it was easy. I’d say for others to try. It’s a good thing to do. I’m happy to be a citizen now.”

Ledicia says she plans to continue working and get involved in the community. She also says she never doubted that her long road to citizenship would finally reach a destination.

“Of course with god’s grace, everything is possible.”

According to the Migration Policy Institute, more than 18,000 people have been naturalized in Nebraska since 2015. In Iowa, it’s nearly 16,000 more.

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