Ban Shakir and her husband Abdul, who is an Iraqi journalist, lived in Syria and Iraq. They lived among the violence that has plagued the region for years. They say it became too dangerous to raise their family.
As the country gets ready to celebrate its independence, seven local families have more reason to enjoy the holiday as they receive their citizenship certificates.
Fourteen people are now indicted in what the US Attorney’s Office says is a marriage fraud scheme. Prosecutors say the suspects went to make sham marriages look like the real thing.