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22 Joyful Photos Of Immigrants Becoming American Citizens Before July 4th

From a baseball stadium in Atlanta to the New York Public Library, happiness at U.S. citizenship for more than 1,200 immigrants.

Posted on July 2, 2014, at 6:11 p.m. ET

1. The scene was Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, as 1,094 citizens from 81 countries became citizens at a naturalization ceremony ahead of July 4.

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Hector Colon, left, and Victor Duran, right, both of the Dominican Republic, waved American flags.

2. Some arrived at the stadium as early as 5:30 a.m.

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3. Jensi Francisco, 4, was with his mother, Jennifer Francisco, as she became a U.S. citizen.

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4. President Obama addressed the new Americans.

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5. Edwin Gonzalez, of Colombia, was pretty pumped.

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6. Everyone raised their hands for the oath of allegiance to the country.

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7. There was a lot of enthusiastic flag-waving.

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8. Sarah Contis, 5, was with her father, Alex Contis of Romania.

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9. The Braves drumline, the Heavy Hitters, played, adding to the festive atmosphere.

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10. Rachel Nyambi of Cameroon danced.

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11. Marco Diaz of Mexico and Yusif Osekre of Ghana took in the scene.

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12. Nino Kautaradze of Georgia fought back tears.

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14. A similar scene was unfolding in New York City.

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15. Rayhanatou Barry, originally from Guinea, was among those at the New York Public Library ceremony.

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16. A copy of the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson was nearby.

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18. U.S. Army Specialist Danae Mohalland, originally from Jamaica, became a citizen.

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19. Carmen Mateo, of the Dominican Republic, too.

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21. Miyoung Lee was with her son, Nate Lee.

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22. Congratulations!

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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