While we are talking about building walls and deploying the military to prevent people from entering the U.S. illegally, some 223 people who did it the right way and came here legally will raise their right hands today and become naturalized U.S. citizens, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The new Americans hail from forty nations on five continents, and include some interesting people.
Fabiana Borges is a six time Brazilian jiu-jitsu national champion, and silver medaled in the world jiu-jitzu competition.
Melissa Cervantes is a Mexican professional wrestler who competes under the stage name of 'Thunder Rosa.'
All 223 have demonstrated good conduct, have completed rigorous background checks which take years to complete, and have completed a Naturalization test which includes questions that a new survey shows only four out of ten native born Texans can pass.
They also have to be able to demonstrate that they have never attempted to enter the U.S. legally, which will scuttle a citiizenship application.
The will stand before U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Chestney this afternoon and solemnly, many with tears in their eyes and with their loved ones close, will recite the oath they have dreamed of for years:
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."