New U.S. citizens sworn in at citizenship ceremony Monday

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Twenty immigrants who live across Wyoming are now U.S. citizens.

Salome Kerecha waves a mini American flag after being sworn in as a U.S. citizen in Casper, Wyo. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl administered the Oath of Allegiance for citizenship Monday at a ceremony in Casper.

“I’m feeling overwhelmed. I’m happy and I’m so thankful to god,” new U.S. citizen Salome Kerecha said.

She emigrated to Casper from her native country, Kenya.

Lyubomir Dimitrov Dimitrov emigrated to Jackson, Wyo. from Bulgaria nearly a decade ago. He said he wanted to become a U.S. citizen for the opportunities that come with the American Dream.

“I want to live in freedom,” he said.

He also said there are many more opportunities in the U.S. than in Bulgaria.

Both Dimitrov and Kerecha said they are excited to vote in future elections.

“Now I can vote. I can do whatever the American people do,” Kerecha said.

“That’s part of participating in the democracy so it’s a big honor that you can use it,” Dimitrov said.

Kerecha said she was also glad to share this moment with family and friends.

“I was excited and was happy that people trust me to come to this occasion today,” Kerecha said.

She joins her daughter as a naturalized U.S. citizen.

“This is what I was looking for, I’ve got it today,” Kerecha said. “This is what I wanted and I have it right now.”