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19 Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens in Butte

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19 immigrants became official United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Butte Thursday morning.

The 19 folks came from a total of 15 different countries.

One of those people is Maike Sudau from Germany.

It took her six years to become a citizen.

"I'm pretty excited that this whole long bureaucratic way is finally over, and that I can finally vote, and do something about the things that are happening in this country at the moment," she said.

Maike came to the U.S. after meeting her American husband ten years ago in Germany.

They met while her husband was stationed there serving the United States Army.

Since they've been together her husband has been deployed to Afghanistan twice and once to Iraq.

"It's been interesting," said Jonathan Simons. "She's tough and she stuck through it. Long time coming and ten years later, she finally has her U.S. Citizenship."

Maike says she's used to her husband deploying, but if he goes again things would be different for her.

"Now that I am actually a U.S. Citizen, I think it's going to be way different if he has to go again," said Simons. "I guess it's my country too now. Before it was America, and now it's my country too."

"It kind of adds a little more to it now," Maike said. "Not only am I defending her rights as my wife, but also her rights as a U.S. Citizen."

After hearing the anthem and having her husband fight for the country, Maike understands what importance of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

"Living in Germany before I was always like, "Why are they so adamant about their bloody freedom. It's like it's freedom get over it." But now I understand it a lot better," said Sudau. "They came here because they didn't have that freedom. That's why it's so important."

Maike says her life in the United States will go on as it did before.

She says she hopes to start a career in politics.

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