Dozens of immigrants become U.S. citizens during Naturalization Ceremony

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Dozens of people in Bay County can now call themselves American citizens. A large group was naturalized Friday at the Bay County Government Center.

The Bay County Government Center was filled with family and friends who were eager to watch more than 100 people become U.S. Citizens, but new U.S. Citizen Titjana Simpson said the journey has not been easy.

"I've been working on it off and on for 10 years now, but I lived here for the whole entire time and did everything you guys do," said Simpson.

The new citizens represented 41 different countries, including Simpson from Germany. Simpson came to America to start a new life. She got a job and paid taxes just like other Americans, however, she wanted more.

"Now I can get more engaged in politics and more on the issues for this country," said Simpson.

Simpson said it's a dream come true and she set an example for her friends and family, including her daughter.

"I'm actually very excited for my mom, she worked very hard. I studied with her and to me seeing her get her citizenship it's amazing. I really want other people know, that are just getting into the country, to know you can do anything," said Titjana's daughter Faith Simpson.