As July 4 celebrates America, 126 Utah immigrants officially become new Americans

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Minutes before she was sworn in as a new U.S citizen on Wednesday, Ana Gomez held a U.S. flag in one hand. With the other, she filled out her first-ever voter registration form — using a large enveloped stuffed with her citizenship papers as a makeshift lap desk.

When asked why she immigrated from her native El Salvador, she said. “It’s very bad there, very dangerous” because of gangs and crime. “The people are poor. Everybody struggles.”

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