New U.S. citizens naturalized in Providence ceremony marking Citizenship Day
By John Krinjak
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- 24 people from 16 countries around the world became the newest US citizens at an emotional ceremony at Roger Williams National Memorial. The special public ceremony was held in honor of Citizenship Day, which happens every September.
"We're recognizing the history of the country, the history of Rhode Island, and also celebrating the citizenship of 24 people," said Adam Bergeron, Providence office director for United States Customs and Immigration Services.
Lizaz Miller, originally from Ivory Coast but living in the US since 2010, got emotional as she took that oath.
"It's like a dream, and I'm very happy," said Miller. "I never believed I would be a citizen one day, and today I'm a citizen."
But Bergeron says many who are earlier on in this process are concerned about whether they'll ever get to take this oath--given President Trump's tough talk on immigration and his call to repeal DACA.
"I think with the rhetoric in the public I think it's more the folks that are here more recently that have some of that fear, but I know that fear exists, for sure," said Bergeron.
But for Olivia Gomes, who came here 10 years ago, attended Rhode Island College and is about to start a career as a medical assistant, the American dream is one that's alive and well.
"I'm going to build up my life here with my daughter and give her the best I can. It's like a dream come true, you know?" said Gomes.