FORT MYERS, Fla. - More than 50 people became US citizens Friday at a swearing-in ceremony at Lakes Regional Library.
And while tensions build between FGCU and UF, Wink News spoke to a brand new American family who says Eagle or Gator, their home is not a house divided.
In a room filled with red, white and blue, FGCU Alumni Valeria Ponce was all about the green.
"My parents moved here and my brother and I were the first ones to get a degree from the United States," she said. Ponce and her family immigrated from Ecuador and joined 51 immigrants from 20 countries as they raised their right hand and took an oath of allegiance.
"Growing up I was always surrounded by American music and like moving here and adjusting so well, I just always felt American," Ponce said.
Valeria's brother Juan is a graduate of University of Florida but says he's not a very good Gator fan.
"I actually always cheer for the underdog so if FGCU wins, Id be happy," he said. So what is this American family going to do next?
"My parents are gonna go out to eat and then I'm gonna meet up with some friends and watch the FGCU game! Go eagles!"