Forty-One Children Become Sworn in as New U.S Citizens

Forty-one young individuals from 14 different countries became American citizens on 3rd July 2017 in a ceremony that was held at the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. One of the children, Andrea Navarro, said that she is proud to be a citizen. The 14 years old girl was born in Peru, and she has been living in the United States for the past eight years. The individuals who participated in the exercise were between 7 and 22 years old, and they qualified for citizenship after their parents became U.S citizens by naturalization. The children were asked to thank their parents during the ceremony. The event was filled with joy, and most of the people were taking pictures to mark the day.

The hour-long ceremony was characterized by a large U.S flag that flew overhead. The individuals who were being made citizens had to take the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America. The young citizens and their families sang the National Anthem and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The California senator, Kamala Harris, attended the event, and she was the keynote speaker. She spoke about her mother who had emigrated from India to the United States at the age of the 19 to enroll at UC Berkley. Her mother later got married to another student whose origin was Jamaica. She believes that it was a hard decision for her mother to break her culture and marry a foreign man.

Most of the new citizens who were offered certificates have been residents of the United States for many years. The came from different countries that include China, Cambodia, Egypt, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam, Venezuela, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Another major speaker at the event was Jonathan Williams who is the Pacific Battleship Center’s president. He advised the children to dream big for them to be proud Americans.

Harris also encouraged the children to attend meetings at the town hall and also run for offices. She has high chances of becoming the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in future. The senator said that it is also the role of new citizens to take part in making their country safe, far, and equal. The individuals who were sworn in at the World War II ship will also be happy to celebrate Independence Day on 4th July. Kamala Harris believes that the best part of being a citizen to have the freedom to vote.


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