74 refugees became new American citizens Saturday

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Dozens of refugees here in the Valley are now proud to call themselves new American citizens.

They all went through a naturalization ceremony Saturday in Avondale.

"I will appreciate the USA to make me part of this great land," said Bassam Salih.

The 74 new citizens represent 25 countries around the world.

We talked to two refugees who came from Iran to the US in 2011. Had they tried to come today, they would have been banned.

It's hard for them knowing that their families are not here.

"My oldest son is in Iraq, actually, and 2 kids in Syria, I don't want to cry," said Nusa Atali.

The new citizens have big dreams for a bright future.

"Like coming to America, it was a dream; it's come true," said Atali.

"I was a doctor, a physician, in Iraq and I'm in the process of becoming a doctor in the U.S. So to be a doctor in the USA is the best thing happening ever," said Salih.

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