Sunday, September 24, 2006

Citizenship dreams come true

300 immigrants, from 52 countries, were sworn in as U.S. citizens, each has his or her own story. All were encouraged to make their own mark on our society and teach others about their cultures. DP

By Christopher Behnan, DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

DAILYPRESS& Vera Pecaj took a major step forward on Monday in achieving two lifelong goals — earning the right to vote in the United States and the opportunity to become an interpreter for the FBI.
Pecaj, a French native of Albanian heritage, was one of 300 immigrants from 52 countries sworn in as U.S. citizens Monday at the Howell High School Freshman Campus.

Pecaj moved to the United States in 1999, met her soon-to-be husband, Luigi, and the couple had their first child, Mark, now 4.

"My son is American. My husband is American," Pecaj, now of Brighton, said. "So I might as well be an American. I've lived here all these years and I feel I'm part of the community."

Pecaj works full-time hours at a Brighton preschool and teaches French for a private company on the side. She previously taught courses in English as a second language at Hartland High School.
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