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Gaith Ben Younes, 37, with daughter Lamis, 7
Country of Origin: Tunisia
Place of Residence: Roseville
"Hard workers get rewarded in this country and that's what I like about it. I came over in 2005 and [studied] at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. I got my master's in accounting and taxation. My wife Fatma got her degree in early childhood development [from Skyline College in San Bruno] and was able to pursue her dream to be a preschool teacher. And here we are. It was all about education for us really. Getting a higher position in my work now is my focus, and we dream of having a house as well, so I'm working on that too. My little daughter, Lamis, is 7 and she dreams of being a doctor and scientist. She's really good at school. My little boy, Adam, is 3 and his dream is to be a police officer. Being an American now is totally different than being an immigrant. My wife got her citizenship almost two weeks ago, and she told me, 'When you take the oath, you'll feel a change.' And that's exactly how I felt. Oh man, I got goosebumps. I was born today—reborn, actually. [Becoming a citizen is] something I've been dreaming of for a long time. It's an honor. It's really an honor."