Sandra Becomes An American

January 24, 2019

Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomes approximately 700,000 to 750,000 citizens during naturalization ceremonies across the United States and around the world. There’s a fear that the current administration’s extreme vetting will prevent people from becoming citizens. I took the oath of allegiance and became a U.S. citizen among nearly 1000 immigrants from 89 countries on January 10. The top countries represented were Somalia, Burma, Mexico, Ethiopia, Laos, and Vietnam. I was extremely honored to stand proudly among so many hard-working people that day, knowing what it takes to be in that room. Bravery, hard work, and perseverance are just the most basic ingredients of an immigrant’s life.