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    NORFOLK, Va. - More than 200 U.S. Navy (news - web sites) sailors, including many who served in the Iraq (news - web sites) war, were sworn in Friday as citizens of the country they defend.

    The sailors had applied for U.S. citizenship under an executive order issued by President Bush (news - web sites) last year, which made immigrants serving in the military since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks immediately eligible for naturalization.

    "When I look at you, I see myself," said Eduardo Aguirre, director of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, recalling how he came to the United States as a 15-year-old Cuban refugee in search of a better life.

    Aguirre administered an oath of allegiance to the 222 sailors during the ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, docked at Norfolk Naval Station.

    Afterward, the sailors, in their dress white uniforms, waved American flags as family members and friends cheered.

    The new citizens hail from 51 countries, from Albania to Ukraine.

    "I'm very happy to be an American," said Agbasi Ebuka, a 29-year-old petty officer 3rd class from Nigeria. "America is the most free country in the whole world. You have the freedom to live your life the way you want to."

    Normally during peacetime, non-citizens in the military can apply for naturalization after three years of service. Immigrants not in the military must be legal residents for five years before they become eligible for naturalization.

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    NORFOLK, Va. - More than 200 U.S. Navy (news - web sites) sailors, including many who served in the Iraq (news - web sites) war, were sworn in Friday as citizens of the country they defend.

    The sailors had applied for U.S. citizenship under an executive order issued by President Bush (news - web sites) last year, which made immigrants serving in the military since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks immediately eligible for naturalization.

    "When I look at you, I see myself," said Eduardo Aguirre, director of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, recalling how he came to the United States as a 15-year-old Cuban refugee in search of a better life.

    Aguirre administered an oath of allegiance to the 222 sailors during the ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, docked at Norfolk Naval Station.

    Afterward, the sailors, in their dress white uniforms, waved American flags as family members and friends cheered.

    The new citizens hail from 51 countries, from Albania to Ukraine.

    "I'm very happy to be an American," said Agbasi Ebuka, a 29-year-old petty officer 3rd class from Nigeria. "America is the most free country in the whole world. You have the freedom to live your life the way you want to."

    Normally during peacetime, non-citizens in the military can apply for naturalization after three years of service. Immigrants not in the military must be legal residents for five years before they become eligible for naturalization.

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    • #3
      GOD SPEED TO THEM! GOD HELP THEIR FOLLOWERS

      It took 13 months (tops) maybe less for them to naturalize... Good!
      SEMPER VIPER / Army Strong!

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      • #4
        yay!

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        • #5
          gii... I can't shake off the feeling its a monologue here! And it's embarrissingly obvious!
          Get real Bebe!

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          • #6
            What monologue are you talking about?
            SEMPER VIPER / Army Strong!

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            • #7
              we've got a saying: "it's allways the one, who asks". It's just too obvious bebe... grow up monkey!

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              • #8
                Yea whatever you are mumbling...
                SEMPER VIPER / Army Strong!

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                • #9
                  Keolsch should quit drinking his avatar!

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                  • #10
                    LOL I was just going to say that, too much of it shows itself and is never good... HA HA! What the h@ck is "bebe" by the way?
                    SEMPER VIPER / Army Strong!

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                    • #11
                      I have heard "bebe" refers to crack cocaine ... on its lighter side...

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                      • #12
                        Oh really, haha that is funny...

                        He says "we've got a saying: "it's allways the one, who asks"

                        And we've got a saying: "it's always the one who knows his stuff" LOL
                        SEMPER VIPER / Army Strong!

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                        • #13
                          Bushy, it's all too evident you're not working ... try prostituting your mal-ish body ... you can do it ...

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                          • #14
                            Bushmaster, are you g a y ?

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                            • #15
                              You hit the nail right on the head, Koelsch!

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