47 people become new U.S. citizens in Old City

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More than 40 people from 28 different countries became American citizens in Old City and their stories are as different as they are inspiring. (WPVI)

More than 40 people from 28 different countries became American citizens in Old City and their stories are as different as they are inspiring.

"I don't have enough words to say what this means to me," said Luz English.

English came to the United States from her native Colombia back in 2000.

When she arrived here 15 years ago, it was with the promise of opportunity and safety.

On Thursday, she could call herself a US citizen.

"I am from Medellin. It was a little dangerous at the time and we definitely needed peace, we needed different air to breathe so you feel safe," said English.

47 candidates from 28 different countries took the Oath of Allegiance at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Old City.

It was an appropriate backdrop for this ceremony recognizing World Refugee Day on Saturday.

Several of those who took the oath Thursday were refugees themselves.

"It's not just that they're here getting away from something bad, they're also able to join something good," said Katie Tichacek.

These new citizens will now have the rights and responsibilities of all Americans.

For Jennifer Armitage, who came from England in 1978, it's something she's wanted to do for years.

"It's some loyalty to the country that's been so good to me," said Armitage.

This is a day some here have been waiting quite some time for and now that it's here, there's an immense sense of relief and joy.

"I can vote now and everybody can hear my voice - that means a lot," said English.

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