Newly naturalized U.S. citizens speak out on election outcome

Citizenship ceremony in Fort Worth Monday

FORT WORTH -- On Monday 40 people from 18 different countries came together to pledge their allegiance to the United States of America.

They were naturalized in a ceremony at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. 

Most say it’s a dream come true, and they were excited to become citizens in a land they say is filled with opportunity. 

It comes at a time of political division, as America transitions to a new president. 

In the days and weeks after Donald Trump's stunning win, some have protested. Others have celebrated. Some threatened to move to Canada. 

Trump's stance on immigration was key to his campaign, with a promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The campaign prompted some, like Maria Angelica Gonzalez of Mexico, to apply for citizenship so she could vote.

But the process took a little longer than she expected, and she was not naturalized until several weeks after the election. 

"When I saw the two candidates and the election and everything, I wanted to actually vote. I said, 'This is going a different route, there’s too much racism,'" said Gonzalez, who moved to the U.S. when she was a child and was living for years as an illegal resident.

"I think at this point it’s the best point to start becoming a citizen," added Gonzalez. "We don’t know if the law will change in the future, if there will be more requirements."

Others have a more optimistic view.

"The people have chosen and so we just pray for guidance from God, because good leadership comes from God," said Dorine Ocieno of Kenya, naturalized Monday as a U.S. citizen. 

"[Trump] is a good man. I like the way he speaks, I like the way he addresses issues. I am so happy for him, I am glad he is president," said Oliver Saah of Liberia, naturalized Monday as a U.S. citizen. 

Most say, regardless of the outcome of the election, they are excited to be U.S. citizens, and look forward to voting in the next presidential election. 

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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