Forty-one children, whose parents are all naturalized citizens, took the oath to become U.S. citizens during a ceremony at the Battleship USS Iowa Museum in Los Angeles.
Forty-one children became U.S. citizens in Los Angeles on Monday (July 3). The group ceremony, held aboard the Battleship USS Iowa Museum, brought together children from 14 countries, age 7 to 22.
The group took individual oaths before taking part in a group pledge. All the children have parents who have become naturalized citizens.
“I came from Mexico. Both my parents are from Mexico. They just came to give me a better future and I hope to be a good citizen after this and bring something to the country,” said 16-year old Frida Ibanez.
U.S. senator Kamala Harris was at the ceremony, greeting the new citizens; Harris has been an outspoken advocate of immigration rights and has been vocal in her opposition of U.S. president Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including his travel ban and proposed border wall with Mexico.