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      New U.S. citizens

      It was a happy day for 12 Marquette residents, as they became American citizens Thursday.

      It happened at the Marquette Federal Courthouse, where friends and family attended the naturalization ceremony. They watched their loved ones be sworn-in as new American citizens. To become a citizen, they had to hold a green card for several years, undergo a background check, and take a ten-question exam. After several months, the 12 people finally received their certificates. For Andrea Peters, it was a day full of joy.

      "I feel really excited. It's a really important day for me. Like I can't believe it yet, and I'm very excited and thankful for all of the blessings that I have already in my life, and this is one of them," said Peters.

      The application processing time to become an American citizen takes four to five months.