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18 September 2008

39 Legal Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens The Right Way

Yesterday, in Columbus, thirty-nine legal immigrants took the oath of allegiance to this country and became citizens of these United States of America.

They stood in a line that wove around the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land. Thirty-nine men and women from 23 countries, speaking the same words needed to become American citizens.

And then it began -- the 39 soon-to-be citizens stood one at a time to tell Land their names and countries of origin. The judge told them that it was on this day in 1787 when the Founding Fathers adopted the U.S. Constitution. He wants to hold naturalization ceremonies every year on Constitution Day.
[Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, "39 foreigners become U.S. citizens on Constitution Day", September 18, 2008]

For newly naturalized American citizens like David Aurelio Diaz, who came to America from Mexico ten years ago, yesterday's citizenship ceremony was the culmination of the years of hard work to come to this country legally and complete the naturalization process. Diaz has learned english. He's learned about our country, our country's history and how our country's government is run. And finally, he's learned what it means to be an American and the responsibilities that come with United States citizenship.

I applaud David Aurelio Diaz and the 38 other individuals who are now Americans.

This is their country now and just by taking the oath of allegiance yesterday, they have added their story to the American story; a story of legal immigrants who have come to this country with dreams of living free in America.

As I've said so many times, I don't have a problem with immigrants coming to this country so long as they do it the right way; the legal way.