(CNN) – Denver held a naturalization ceremony to officially grant U .S. citizenship to 32 immigrants despite reactions to President Trump’s temporary travel immigration ban from Muslim nations.
They came from different continents representing different religions, races, and ethnicities.
But inside this Westminster public library, 32 immigrants were united.
One new citizen says, “I feel like a new person.” When you had to raise your right hand, I was kind of teary because it means a lot.”
But this ceremony was a sharp contrast to what was happening outside these walls as these immigrants became citizens on a day many across America were told to stay away.
Dianna Higuera, a newly naturalized U.S. Citizen says, “It’s a very confusing time for any immigrant, even though that now I’m a citizen, I’m still felling uncomfortable, a little bit afraid of what’s coming.”
A contrast not lost on Dianna and many others who say the recent election is what has motivated them the most in their journey to become citizens.
Higuera adds, “This is a country built by immigrants and it’s a country for immigrants. It’s a little scary, especially for my kids. and I’m a teacher, so at school, kids are in Denver they are scared. Kids are scared.”
But these men, women, and children put fear aside.
Instead America was celebrated.
(Tim Quidri, CNN)