- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - More than 30 people from 23 countries have become United States citizens in Berkeley County.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided over the naturalization ceremony on Friday in Martinsburg. Thirty-eight people took the oath of allegiance.

Peter Olusina Ayinde from Nigeria tells The Herald-Mail (http://bit.ly/1nH7pmL ) that he had a green card. He says he applied for citizenship because he was unable to get clearances he needed for his job. He works for a private company in Maryland that does work for the federal government.

Angelica Jimenez and her husband, Michael Jimenez, live in Charles Town and make salsa, which they sell at area farmers’ markets. She tells the newspaper that she decided to become citizen because she loves the U.S.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com

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