COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Nigerian chef has become a U.S. citizen more than a decade after fighting a deportation order and receiving a green card to stay in the country.
Fifty-two-year-old Magnus Duruji took the citizenship oath Wednesday in Columbus, telling The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/xQUOU8) "In America, you don't give up."
Duruji came to the United States from Nigeria in 1982 to attend college, and has since earned degrees, married a U.S. citizen and become a father, worked for restaurants and opened and closed his own eateries.
He had applied to become a naturalized citizen in 1997, when immigration authorities found a 13-year-old deportation order. He was held in a Dayton prison for about four months before being released as his case was reviewed. He became a permanent legal resident in 2001.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com