39 Immigrants become U.S. Citizens

The nation welcomed a group of new citizens Friday.

A total of 39 immigrants from 19 different countries became United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony.

In order to become a citizen, applicants must demonstrate "good moral character, attachment to the principles of the Constitution and have a favorable disposition toward the United States."

One new American is Birgit Sexton, originally from Germany. She says she loves the freedom of choice people have in the United States.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius presided over the ceremony at the Frank Carlson United States Courthouse.