Several immigrants become U.S. citizens in naturalization ceremonies in Chattanooga
It was a day of celebration for around 100 immigrants who took the Oath of Allegiance on Tuesday to become American citizens.
Two naturalization ceremonies were held in the Joel W. Solomon Federal Courthouse.
Some of the roughly 20 countries represented were Iran, Russia, Mexico and Venezuela.
United States bankruptcy Judge Shelley Rucker says she it is an honor to preside over a ceremony that represents something that is so special to families.
"It represents several years of hard work, and it's really a celebratory atmosphere," says Judge Rucker.
Luis Contreras, who is originally from Venezuela, says he has worked for 16 years for this day.
He says his first thing he hopes to do as an American citizen is vote and eat a hamburger.