New Citizens Sworn in During Pasadena Ceremony a Week After Donald Trump Wins Presidency Are Optimistic For Future

Six hundred and two people from 85 countries became United States citizens in a Pasadena ceremony on Nov. 15, 2016. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

Six hundred and two people from 85 countries became United States citizens in a Pasadena ceremony on Nov. 15, 2016. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

They wore neckties and nice dresses. They waved small American flags. They posed for pictures with their kids, proudly holding up naturalization certificates.

Six hundred and two people from 85 countries became United States citizens in a Pasadena ceremony Tuesday morning.

It had been seven days since Donald Trump was elected president and it had been a tense week in America. The new citizens in the Pasadena Convention Center knew the campaign rhetoric often focused on immigrants like themselves.

Some had concerns about Trump and admitted they wanted to be naturalized now to be absolutely sure they wouldn’t be deported. Many were sad they had missed the chance to vote by a week.

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