Kids from 11 countries sworn in as citizens at Children's Fairyland in Oakland

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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Children's Fairyland in Oakland became more than just a storybook theme park on Monday; it became a place where dreams become reality, as it hosted 15 children from 11 countries as they were sworn in as American citizens.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Children's Fairyland in Oakland is one of those happy places for kids. And on Monday, the storybook theme park hosted 15 children from 11 countries who were sworn in as American citizens. It was both an adorable and emotional ceremony.

They came to America for different reasons. Now, these families want a better outcome for their children.

"I want them to be happy and healthy and to get a very good foundation here and to get educated, to flourish," said one of the fathers, Ali Uzri.

Because their parents became naturalized citizens, it automatically gives these children the right to also become U.S. citizens.

Daniel Enenta is father to Nkem. He says his daughter "was the last in the family who is a citizen now, sponsored, and we're grateful, very grateful for that."

Nkem, who is 9, was born in Nigeria. On Monday she was also asked to say the pledge of allegiance.

"Saying the pledge of allegiance in front of everybody made me feel happy because (I'm) showing that I have a voice and I can use it," she said.

She used that voice on Monday to ask Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to improve school lunches.

The mayor said she'd work on it.

"We want to be sure that every person who calls Oakland home feels protected and feels honored," said Schaaf.

As a welcome treat, Fairyland invited the families to spend a day there creating new memories as new Americans.