PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Dozens of people in New Jersey are officially citizens of the United States after a naturalization ceremony.
The ceremony was held at the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park on Wednesday morning.
Forty people took the Oath of Allegiance and Mayor Andre Sayegh called on the new Americans to stand tall and pursue their dreams.
"Paterson being the birth place of the American dream is also where American dreams can come true, and I'm hoping that your American dreams come true here in Paterson, or Passaic, Clifton, but here in the United States of America where yo'ure going to make it happen," Sayegh said.
Sayegh is the son of immigrants.
The new citizens hail from 17 countries around the world.
They said they have dreams they are excited to pursue such as becoming a nurse and studying psychology.