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“America” gets US citizenship

"I live in New York, the capital of the world."

America at the age of 99 is now a United States citizen.

America Maria Hernandez, who was born in Colombia in 1917 and was brought to the US by one of her daughters in 1988, signed her naturalization certificate and took the oath of allegiance during a ceremony on Wednesday in her living room.

She smiled and said, “I live in New York, the capital of the world.” She received an american flag after being administered under the oath of allegiance and she proudly smiled with it for the cameras and her family.

With a family of 12 children, 22 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, America Hernandez decided to opt for naturalization to be a legal citizen of US instead of renewing her green card. Her daughter Hortensia Martinez, 69, had brought her in 1988 with a green card.

Talking to Associated Press on the question of her secret for a long life, she said, “Being well, with my children. They all work. They are all good.”

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