When Mary Doe, 101, a native of Liberia and member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Roanoke, Va., became a U.S. citizen on March 8, U.S. Judge James Turk said she was the oldest person he had sworn into citizenship. She received a standing ovation as 44 people from 29 countries became citizens. Doe and family members fled from encroaching violence as it spread into their village during a civil war in the late 1980s. They stayed in a refugee camp for 14 years until they were able to immigrate to the U.S. in 2004.
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