America Grew By 10 Today In Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Inside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Montgomery, a jury box full of people did something that even Cheryl Johnson might have trouble doing. Johnson is a court supervisor from Atlanta.

"I don't know if I could do that and leave my country," said Johnson.

Leave home and start over in a foreign land. Johnson along with Judge Myron Thompson swore in 10 new Americans.

"Each of you will walk through as Americans, released by old ties and bound by new ties," said Judge Thompson.

Cheryl Johnson says they all met the requirements to become American citizens.

"They passed basic English, reading and a civics test," said Johnson.

Ebru Gokcek arrived in America from Turkey legally 7 years ago to visit a cousin. A taste of America is all it took and she decided to stay where she eventually met her husband. They live in Auburn now with their two children.

"I'm proud of myself," Gokcek said with a wide smile.

Some might say Ebru Gokcek has already achieved what many regard as the American dream; a family and a home. Gokcek says not quite.

"I plan to go back to college and become a teacher," said Gokcek.

A new beginning for Ebru Gokcek and 9 of her fellow new Americans.

The latest figures show America's population a little better than 303 million people.