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101-year-old becomes US citizen

Published 13/10/2010 | 10:49

Eulalia Garcia-Maturey, 101, raises her right hand during a naturalisation ceremony in Texas (AP)
Eulalia Garcia-Maturey, 101, raises her right hand during a naturalisation ceremony in Texas (AP)

A Texas woman has marked the 101st anniversary of her arrival in the United States as a Mexican-born infant by finally becoming a citizen of her adopted homeland.

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Eulalia Garcia-Maturey took the oath of allegiance from a federal magistrate in Brownsville during a special naturalisation ceremony administered by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The agency said Ms Garcia-Maturey was born in Mexico on February 12, 1909, and arrived in Brownsville with her parents on October 12, 1909. She has lived there ever since, raising two children.

Her family says part of the reason Ms Garcia-Maturey waited so long to take the oath was that her husband, who died in 1982, did not want her to.

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