Mike Pence celebrates Independence Day with 44 new American citizens from around the world

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This flies in the face of ridiculous allegations that the Trump administration is somehow racist against immigrants.

Vice President Mike Pence celebrated part of Independence Day by welcoming a few dozen people as new citizens of the United States.

As Americans celebrated the birth of the nation, 44 local Washington, D.C. resident who were “born all over the world,” stepped into a new identity as citizens of the U.S.

Gathered at the National Archives, the citizens-to-be originated from 29 different countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Mexico and Peru.

“There are no dreams too big in the land of the free and the home of the brave,” Pence said with a glass-encased Declaration of Independence behind him. “And you are now citizens of that great nation. So live your dreams.”

“There are no dreams too big in the land of the free and the home of the brave,” Pence said. “And you are now citizens of that great nation. So live your dreams.”

Reporter John Domen of WTOP captured the event, which simply portrays what America is really about, in photos, video and words

According to Domen:

It was right around 9:30 a.m. Thursday that 44 immigrants from around the D.C. region heard acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli say the words many of them have waited years, if not decades, to hear: “Congratulations, you are America’s newest citizens.”

At that moment, there was thunderous applause, lots of smiles, and even some tears on the faces of those who gathered inside the rotunda of the National Archives for this naturalization ceremony.

 

“Left everything behind and I have recited the Pledge of Allegiance as an elementary school student, now a school counselor, and being able to do it here after all these years — feeling American, feeling part of the U.S., but now actually certifying that I am with it,” Mirella Saldana, of Falls Church, Virginia.

“Now I have the U.S. citizenship to do advocacy in a different way,” Saldana, who came from Peru and has lived in the U.S. for 18 years, said.

“Very happy, very, very happy,” Martin Davila, of Woodbridge said, holding back his emotions. “You have no idea!”

“It was a moment that — I wanted to cry. It was so, so intense,” he added, according to WTOP.

“It’s important to be an American because it’s the land of the freedom,” Davila, who was originally from Mexico, said. “It’s beautiful. It’s nice to be an American. Not everybody has the same privilege that we have in America. A lot of people wish to be the way we are but, unfortunately, they don’t have the privilege that we have. It is beautiful to be an American.”

In spite of the left’s constant attack on America and its foundations and values, with criticism of President Trump very patriotic “Salute to America” spectacular, to the latest controversy over the Betsy Ross flag, seeing the pride and emotion of new citizens is refreshing.

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Many Twitter users thought so as well, applauding the stirring ceremony and congratulating the newest Americans.

Frieda Powers

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