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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Immigrants realize American dream on the Battleship Massachusetts

Fifty immigrants from 18 countries were sworn in as citizens at this ceremony. - - Donna Poisl

By Derek Vital, Herald News Staff Reporter

FALL RIVER — Chen Sour was a young child when she first moved to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia.

She returned to her homeland, but came back to America at the age of 19. By that time, she had the added responsibility of raising a four-year old boy. Sour had grown accustomed to the American style of living, and felt the United States afforded more opportunities for her young family.

Eight years later, the 28-year old Fall River resident was among a group of 50 people from 18 countries who became U.S. citizens Friday as part of a naturalization ceremony held aboard the Battleship Massachusetts. As a result of Sour becoming a citizen, her 12-year old son Ratha also is declared a citizen.

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