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New Citizens Sworn In At Ceremony At Daley Plaza

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Qaisar Odeh is among the new citizens sworn in at Daley Plaza. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Qaisar Odeh is among the new citizens sworn in at Daley Plaza. (Credit: Steve Miller)

CHICAGO (CBS) – Across the country, more than 18,000 people are becoming U.S. citizens today – on Constitution Day, which is also Citizenship Day.

75 new citizens from 25 countries were sworn in at Daley Plaza.

“I want to become a part of this. It’s like one of the proudest days of my life today – to become an American citizen,” said Qaisar Odeh

Odeh is 36-years-old and originally from Jordan. He’s been here in Chicago for 15 years.

He met his wife here. They had one child and now twins on the way.

“So gladly, so proudly. Getting goosebumps right now just talking about it. So glad.”

WBBM: What do you do for a living?

“I do fire and water damage restoration. Actually, in three hours I’m going to Colorado to help out in the floods over there.”

WBBM: Your first act as an American citizen.

“Absolutely, absolutely. So proudly.”

New citizens are sworn at a ceremony in Daley Plaza. (Credit: Steve Miller)

New citizens are sworn at a ceremony in Daley Plaza. (Credit: Steve Miller)