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Dozens Become American Citizens In Raleigh Ceremony

Posted November 5, 2004 4:57 a.m. EST

— Eighty-two people became American citizens Friday at Dorton Arena in Raleigh.

Sherab Lama was one of the candidates for citizenship. He was born in Tibet, raised in Nepal, and lives now in Raleigh. His wife and daughters are already American citizens.

"This is a day I'm looking forward [to]," Lama said. "You can become whatever you want to be."

"America is definitely a place of great opportunity. There's no doubt about it," said Soilan Lama, Sherab's wife.

The candidates for citizenship are from nations all over the world who will stand for one nation.

"We may have different personal beliefs, but those are differences that form the glue that holds America together," said N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Lama is already living the American dream. He owns his own business in Raleigh, importing furniture and jewelry from overseas.