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Being a citizen of the United States has different meanings to each and every one of us. To some it means a new beginning and a better life; to others it's just a place called home.
In 1976, when she was 19, my mom came to America. She was looking for adventure and freedom. She met my dad, got married and moved to New Mexico with him. Then she got her green card.
Many years later I sat at the Convention Center like a proud parent in the audience at my mom’s naturalization ceremony. It had been over a year since she had started the process to become a citizen. I had never felt more proud to be siting there.
I thought back to the many days and nights I spent with my mom helping her study, seeing her make
flash cards and quizzing her. It was an interesting role reversal for me of helping her study for her test as she had helped me countless times with my homework and tests for school. Just as she once sat in the audience for many school achievement ceremonies, now I sat in the audience for one of the biggest things my mom ever did.
When we arrived at the convention center, we were surprised by the number of people there. The line to check in was so long that you could not see the other end, almost going into the hallway leading to the parking garage. As we stood there, I looked around at the assortment of people. I wanted to know everyone's stories. There were two young girls in front of us. I spied over their shoulders. I could see that the one of them had a Vietnamese passport. We later found out that only one of them was becoming a citizen; the other girl was her friend, there with her on this auspicious occasion. Behind us was an older man, he was alone; he was from Mexico. Behind him was a younger man with his kid and what I assume were his mother, father and friends; they were from Argentina. You could see how excited and nervous everyone was. They were all welldressed, after all this was a court proceeding.
Finally we made it to the front of the line and my mom checked in; she had to give up her green card, the one which had the face of my 19yearold mom. After all these years she had the same one that was originally issued to her. Then, my dad and I parted ways from my mom. The rest of us, plus friends of the family, made our way to our seats. The people becoming citizens went to their assigned seats.
It was great to see so many people there supporting their family members at the ceremony. There were so many people at the ceremony that it was a standing room only affair. It looked like almost all of the seats on stage were taken up. My dad and I theorized about the number of people filling the huge ballroom.
The ceremony began. Acclaimed visitors and speakers were introduced, and the judge took her place. She said that even though this was a court proceeding, that it was informal and we could get up and take pictures of our loved ones. She talked about how this was one of her favorite cases because it was for such a happy occasion. The judge talked about her family’s origins and told the story of how they got here.
Next, a lawyer took the podium and made a moving speech. He spoke about many things, including how hard everyone had worked to be there that day, the importance of family and the "American Dream". Usually I roll my eyes at this kind of stuff but, this day, this speech was different; it had so much meaning and its tone of acceptance was moving. I definitely teared up during it. The lawyer also reminded the audience how important this ceremony was and how happy he was to see everyone there, saying that America was built by immigrants, that what makes us great is our diversity. He encouraged people not to forget about where they come from and to pass on their culture to their kids so that it would not be lost. One of the last things he discussed was about how children are our future; how they will keep building and maintain our country.
After the speech the judge returned to the podium. She told the audience that there were over 130 people becoming citizens, and that they were from over 35 different countries. Then she recognized every country by having the people stand up when she said each nation’s name. Some of the countries included Mexico, Cuba, Germany (where my mom is from), Russia, England, Canada, Iran, Iraq, China, and South America.
For the participants to fully become a citizen, they had to say the Pledge of Allegiance and then take an oath. The time had finally come. Then, the audience was given a short time to go and find their loved ones and take photos. After that there was a video message from President Obama and citizenship was bestowed. Finally, joy and pride radiated througout the room, I have never felt more proud to be an American that I did at that moment.
This is how to combat extremists in the Islamic State.
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Today in history.
This dude is messing with the minds of email scammers.
He even got this scammer to write in code!
And he attempted to get a free toaster out of the scam.
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“I’m 28. I make $4 million a year. What do you do?” yells the man-child douche-bag, David Brackett.
Some horrible young men in town have been caught exploiting teen girls.
Bruce Berlin, public sector attorney and social change activist, will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, April 3, to talk about and sign his first book, Breaking Big Money's Grip on America: Working Together to Revive Our Democracy.
The book is described as such: This book is an urgent call to all Americans to focus on a critical issue: huge sums of money unjustly influencing US elections and public policy. Some people see the United States as a plutocracy run by and for the very rich. Breaking Big Money's Grip on America provides convincing evidence to support this view and explores how a nationwide Democracy movement can overcome Big Money's control and convert our government into one that serves the needs of the American people. It also demonstrates why breaking Big Money's grip is critical to solving other crucial issues like gun violence and income inequality. Whether you are a conservative, moderate, liberal or progressive, your participation is vital for fixing our broken political system.
Berlin has devoted himself to social justice issues for more than 45 years. He earned his AB in government from Cornell University in 1967 and his JD from New York University in 1970. Berlin is the founder and former executive director of The Trinity Forum for International Security and Conflict Resolution, a nonprofit organization that brought together policymakers and concerned citizens. While directing The Trinity Forum, Berlin was awarded a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace in 1988. He currently is certified in Negotiation and Mediation by the National Center for Collaborative Planning and Community Services, and in Economic Development by the New Mexico Community Economic Development Leadership Institute. He now lives in Santa Fe, working on nonpartisan efforts to revive democracy in America, promote peace in the Middle East, and diversify Los Alamos National Laboratory, among other issues.
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A lawyer for a Roma couple accused of kidnapping a little girl in Greece says that the couple adopted her from her birth mother, though they still haven't located said mother for verification.
Hurricane Raymond is getting stronger.
There was a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Nevada this morning. Police say the suspect was “neutralized,” though it's not clear how many were shot, but the children were evacuated to the nearby high school.
There was another shooting in Nevada this morning, though this one was at a Las Vegas casino, in which one person was pronounced dead and two were wounded. Police say the suspect is in custody.
Joseph Sandoval, 50, was killed on Saturday after being struck by a Rail Runner train that was headed north to Santa Fe. Police are still trying to figure out why Sandoval was near the tracks.
Scott Chandler, owner of Tierra Blanca Ranch, spoke to Matt Lauer on "The TODAY Show" about the allegations of abuse and the Amber Alert for nine missing kids last week.
You think UNM has a solution to the national debt?
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With three days before the debt-ceiling deadline, the White House and the House Republicans are still having discussions and working toward avoiding a default.
A San Francisco man is recovering after having spent 19 days lost in the woods in Mendocino County, surviving on squirrels, lizards and berries.
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Three Americans won the Nobel prize in economics for their work in assets.
A man wanted in connection with a Georgia murder was found in Albuquerque during a drug raid.
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Egyptian officials are calling for the release of former President Hosni Mubarak from prison, which some say could result in more violence in Egypt.
A study shows that US unemployment rates increased in more than half the states in July, and hiring, which has been steady since January, took a slow decline in July as well.
Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic champion, is being indicted for premeditated murder for the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
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UNM has incorporated a new system where students can log in online to report crimes they witness on campus. … because phones are so last year.
It's not every day that you pay 25 cents upon receiving a parcel from China. … and then get arrested for it.
Just in case you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck a fork into your meat and two veg, a 70-year-old Australian man has the answer.
Pope Francis declares that homosexuals shouldn't be marginalized or judged.
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Going once! Going twice! Get your New Mexican unclaimed items right here!
19-year-old Justin Covey, who was reported missing yesterday, has been found by Albuquerque police and returned to his parents.
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