By Conor McCue

DENVER (CBS4)– More than 40 people in the Denver area are celebrating the Fourth of July weekend for the first time as citizens. The group took the oath Friday in the Denver City Council chambers as part of a nationwide week of ceremonies by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Between July 1 and July 5, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services welcomed 7,500 new citizens in nearly 110 naturalization ceremonies. In Denver on Friday, 42 people from 21 countries became citizens.

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“It’s because it’s right after Independence Day and it was special. It was really good,” said Srinivas Nallam, a software engineer from India who lives in Highlands Ranch.

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Nallam said he saved fireworks just for this occasion. In a few short months he’ll celebrate again when his wife becomes a U.S. citizen as well.

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“It’s the feeling of permanently staying here and integrating along with the American culture,” Nallam said.

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The same goes for Patricia Trotter, who came to the U.S. from the Cayman Islands while in college.

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“It’s just been a long journey and just hearing everyone’s story and being here with everyone else,” she said. “Just knowing other people, the journey was much longer for them than it was for me. It was just very emotional.”

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Conor McCue

Comments
  1. The system isn’t broken and works fine for those willing to immigrate the correct way.

    The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom ($17,000 per day ABC news.) Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.

    We have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.” Mexico recently arrested two socialist activists who were instrumental in the organizing of prior caravans,

    Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? The crisis IS manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever.)

    To Democrats/Socialists programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt, against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

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