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Path to citizenship was long, rewarding and worthwhile for Tucson family

Posted at 9:18 PM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 08:23:20-05
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Jewish History Museum welcomed more than two dozen immigrants as they received their certificate of citizenship.
 
Twenty-five immigrants from 9 different countries including China, Iran, and Mexico were welcomed as citizens of the United States. 
 
After saying the pledge of allegiance and singing the Star Spangled Banner, they each received their certificate of citizenship.
 
Rosario and Raul Vargas spent a decade to get to this moment. 
 
"I feel happy, I am excited, it is not easy to speak English for me. It was hard to learn English but I am here and I am blessed for this time," said Rosario Vargas.
 
The Vargas family came from Mexico with their three children.
 
"Our house had no electricity in Mexico, our house had no cement. There was dirt in the house. My wife was the same way, she had kids and it was hard for us," said Raul Vargas.
 
He says they came to the U.S. on a work visa.
 
After five years, he says his family got a Green Card and then began their process for citizenship. 
 
"We are not here to do anything bad, we just want to be proud to be American and contribute to this great country because like I said Americans are already great and immigrants will make it even greater," he said.