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Leigh Cobb, 46
Country of Origin: South Africa
Place of Residence: Elk Grove
"I'm a mess. I'm going to start crying again. It's emotional for me. I've been waiting 16 years to become a citizen, so it means a lot. Being an immigrant, I'm thinking back to all the immigrants who have come through Ellis Island and everything that they went through. That quote, 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses'—I can really identify with that. I just love America. My son is extremely patriotic. He wants to go into the Air Force, but because he has Crohn's disease, he can't do that. My husband served in the Navy for eight years. I'm proud of him for his service to this country. Right now I'm a stay-at-home mom, but hopefully that's about to change. I'd like to go back to college and get involved in social work for pediatric patients or something along those lines. [Becoming a citizen] makes me feel part of this country. I don't feel like an outsider anymore. I feel like I belong now."