They were born in 39 different countries - from Afghanistan to Jamaica to Guyana - but yesterday, they stood side by side in Manhattan and became Americans together.
IMMI-GREAT DAY TO BECOME A CITIZEN
Surrounded by friends and relatives who cheered and waved the Stars and Stripes, 122 men and women recited an oath of allegiance on the day before the Fourth of July and received certificates declaring them to be US citizens.
Many of the new citizens said they were motivated to go through the naturalization process - which includes a lengthy exam on American history - because of the upcoming presidential elections.
Ursula Melo, 31, who is from Peru, said she was going to register to vote immediately after the ceremony.
"The most important reason I wanted to do this was so I could vote. That's what motivated me the most," she said. "Peru was the place to see me born, but this is my home now."
They came here legally and are now legal citizens. What a wonderful thing.