Lives changed this afternoon in Hartford, where 29 immigrants took the oath of US citizenship.
"You honor us," U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez told the new Americans who assembled in the atrium of city hall.
"It's like I'm in the air -- that's what I feel like right now,” said Leyla Aslanova, who came here from Russia.
"I love Jamaica, so I'll still visit there," said Selvin Clayton, but explained he's American now.
From Poland to Peru, the 29 came from countries all over the world -- as far away as Thailand and Afghanistan.
The Latifi family left Kabul in 1996, forced out by the Mujahadeen, Abdul Wahab Latifi said.
"It was very dangerous," he said, recalling his flight to India with his wife, then their arrival here, where their daughter was born.
"Today I'm happy," he said. "I hope this is the end of my journey and I hope I will get a nice life here in the United States."