Thirty-five citizens from 18 different countries became American citizens on Friday.
A naturalization ceremony was held at the United States District Court in Marquette. Erin Froese is from Vancouver, Canada, but after living in the United States for 14 years she says she wanted to become a citizen so she could vote.
"It means to be a true part of this country that I live in and to be able to participate fully in the rights we have as Americans," said Froese.
Before all 35 citizens were given their certificates, they took their of oath of citizenship. Guest speakers representing multiple government offices in the State of Michigan also welcomed the new citizens.