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Ida Soon-ok Hart: “Growing up in America, I didn’t know that I wasn’t a citizen.”

In August 2017, I was driving through downtown Los Angeles and I saw signs at the Convention Center—Oath of Citizenship—with arrows pointing the directions for parking.  I felt a deep sadness that I had never finished my own citizenship process. I told myself not to be afraid and to try again—maybe I would qualify now […]

August 2, 2018

Maribel Hernandez: “I am doing this for my kids.”

My name is Maribel Hernandez and I’m originally from Mexico. My mom brought me to the United States when I was eight years old. I have two kids of my own now; my son is 12-years-old and my daughter is eight-years-old. I want to become a citizen to have more job opportunities. I am doing […]

July 30, 2018

Cesia Gonzalez: “You have to dream big!”

My name is Cesia Gonzalez and I was born in Honduras, but came to the United States from El Salvador in 2013. My husband and I wanted to give our children a better future. I have a ten-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter who was five months old when we arrived. The United States so […]

June 29, 2018

Emanuel Anzules: “I always tell my immigration story.”

My name is Emanuel Anzules and I’m from Lima, Peru. I have a fancy title—Mr. United States 2017—that I won in the national competition for men between the ages of 19 and 34. Men come from all parts of the country and convene in New Orleans, Louisiana over a weekend in August to battle it […]

June 27, 2018

Juan Carlos Gonzalez: “I feel like a member of the American tapestry, so why not become a citizen?”

My name is Juan Carlos Gonzalez and my parents brought me to the United States. First we migrated from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, where my brother and my sister were born. When I was in second grade, we returned to the Dominican Republic. Eventually I came back to the United States to attend […]

June 21, 2018

Eldy Montilla: “I am motivated to have a voice.”

My name is Eldy Montilla, I’m originally from Venezuela. My mother brought me to the United States when I was six years old and, back then, I didn’t want to come. Now I’m 33 years old and I realize the United States has given me a lot of opportunities that I probably wouldn’t have had […]

June 5, 2018

Fodé Kourouma: “Citizenship is the passport to go anywhere.”

My name is Fodé Kourouma and I’m originally from Guinea, West Africa—from the capital city Conakry to be exact. My aunt, who was my guardian, brought me to the United States when I was about 10 years old. I grew up in West Haven, Connecticut. When I got there I didn’t know even a single […]

June 4, 2018

Maria Cepeda: “Being a citizen shows that we’re here to grow, as a community and a country.”

My name is Maria Cepeda and I came to the United States as a child, when I was 9 or 10-years-old, with my family from the Dominican Republic. Most of my family was here already.  My father brought my mother, my two brothers, one sister, and me, and moved us all into a small one-bedroom […]

May 29, 2018

Viridiana A. Ramirez: When Immigrants Naturalize, Their Win Is Our Win

I became a citizen just this April. It was very, very, very exciting! I believe all people have the right to achieve their dream, whatever that may be. For many, my parents included, it was a dream to come to the United States to provide a better life for their children. My father was an […]

May 3, 2018

Immigrants—as American as Baseball

When Luis Valbuena the left-handed batter for the Los Angeles Angels went missing from the roster for a few days in March, sportswriters speculated he was injured again. After all, he missed more than a month last season for a hamstring pull. But it was soon reported that this Venezuelan immigrant, known for “flipping his […]

March 26, 2018