For anyone who thinks they're too old to make a dream come true, the story of Juana Hernandez proves that it really is never too late. At age 101, the Miami grandmother fulfilled her longtime ambition of becoming an American citizen with a swearing in ceremony Tuesday.
Hernandez, along with 140 others, waved an American flag, sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and pledged her allegiance to the country. It was a special moment for the centenarian who came to the U.S. in her 90s, just eight years ago, from Honduras.
"I'm very happy," she told CBS Miami.
The journey to citizenship wasn't an easy one, with Hernandez having to take a test, file a lengthy application, and pass an interview before getting accepted.
“Her love for this new country is something I think will be very exciting for everyone involved," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services section chief Yasser Navarrete told CBS Miami.
Hernandez wanted to become a citizen in order to petition for her two sons, still in Honduras, to join her in the U.S., she told The Miami Herald last month.
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