Her daughter Hortensia Martinez, 69, brought her to the U.S. so she could help her take care of her son. She arrived with a green card and later applied to become a U.S. citizen. Her own name was a hope. Now she said: “I live in New York, the capital of the world”. likes to watch TV and enjoys attending activities at a local senior center at least once a week. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 730,000 people became U.S. citizens in the government’s 2015 fiscal year and about 84,000 of those naturalizations were in the New York area. Hortensia’s case was possibly the oldest to receive it. For her too was an emotional moment waiving a small American flag.