More than 80 people were recognized at a naturalization ceremony in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Eighty-two people from 36 different countries were naturalized at the ceremony at Shortridge Magnet High School in Indianapolis.
The Honorable Jane Magnus Stinson presided over the ceremony.
Also in attendance was US Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, who delivered congratulatory remarks during the event. Coats, himself the son of an immigrant, says the United States gives immigrants opportunities that no other countries do.
“It’s just not your name. It’s not based on your wealth. It’s not based on anything other than being a part of this American story.” Coats says. “To hear them stand up, the people from 36 countries, to take the oath and their pledge under that oath is a very moving thing to be a part of.”
Sandro Barros, from Brazil, says immigration was easier for him than it is for a lot of people because he is fortunate enough to be married to a US citizen.
He says the diversity of the people at the ceremony was a good thing for the country and he hopes the country will work towards making the immigration process fairer and easier for people who are not as fortunate as he was.
“That attests to the very fabric of the United States and what we are as a nation. It testifies to the fact that immigration is one of the vocations of the United States that strengthens the United States,” he says.
Tersa Salvador, from Mexico, says living in the United States has been good for her and her family and she wants to give back.
“I think it’s time for me to go and study and do something for the country.”