The American Dream

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It's never too late to become an American.

A 99-year-old woman from Ecuador became a US citizen and received best wishes and flowers from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

He was in Dallas Monday to congratulate more than 300 people from 63 countries who were sworn in as Americans.

Chertoff urged the new citizens to vote, serve on juries and become involved with civic duties.

He singled out Cristela Campos, who'll turn 100 next month.

Campos has been in the US about 22 years. Her family lives in the Dallas area.

Relatives say Campos for many years wanted to become an American, but she's had health problems.