- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - David Djovakpor (JOH-vak’ poyr) says he felt like he was “born new” when he took an oath to become a U.S. citizen.

The 36-year-old who is originally from Togo was one of 57 immigrants who officially became American citizens at a ceremony Friday at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. The new citizens represented 29 different countries.

Djovakpor lives in Springfield and attends Lincoln Land Community College, where he’s pursuing a business degree. He says he hopes his new citizenship will lead to a better life and a business career.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois holds several naturalization ceremonies each year. Judge Sue Myerscough presided over the ceremony. She says the country will be strengthened by the new citizens’ participation.

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