Fri., November 15, 2013 3:11pm (EST)

Meet The New Faces Of Georgia
By Shauna Stuart
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Updated: 8 months ago

ATLANTA  —  
Kohinoor Begum is from Bangladesh. She's one of the 104 new American citizens naturalized at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center on Nov. 14.
Kohinoor Begum is from Bangladesh. She's one of the 104 new American citizens naturalized at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center on Nov. 14.
Georgia is now the home of 104 new U.S. citizens.

On Nov. 14, candidates for citizenship representing 53 countries around the world stood to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

Vice President Joe Biden gave the welcome remarks at the naturalization ceremony held in the Freedom Auditorium of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in downtown Atlanta.

The ceremony was one of 120 naturalization ceremonies held throughout the nation between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13 to welcome approximately 8,000 new U.S. citizens.

From the podium, Biden praised the new American citizens for their courage to start their new lives in a new country.

‘Let me start by saying, thank you so much for picking us,” said Biden.

He said the sea of faces, some of whom waved small American flags, represented the possibilities of the Unites States.

“The truth of the matter is, you’ve been an American for a long time, long before you raised your hand. Because you all adhered to the idea of America.”

But what is the “idea” of America? Here’s what the idea of America means for Vice President Joe Biden and three newly naturalized U.S. citizens.


To become a U.S. citizen, candidates must pass a naturalization test, and answer 10 questions about American history, laws, and The Constitution.

Do you think you could pass? Try the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Self Test.

When you’re done, tell us your score!

Contributors: Alissa Fasman