The new citizens

There are precious few examples in the United States anymore of our motto — E pluribus unum. This is one.

Look at these beautiful faces, who came to the United States from different situations from all around the planet and today became American citizens in one of two ceremonies at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul.

How far they came, how hard they worked, and how proud they must be to have finally heard the words, “you are citizens of the United States of America.”

Earlier this month, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services revised its website to remove any reference to the USA being a nation of immigrants.

But we are.

(h/t: Tom Weber)

[update] – Here are images from MPR’s Evan Frost from the afternoon ceremony.

Husband and wife Gary and Jocelyn Holtzman hug after a naturalization ceremony where Jocelyn, originally from the Philipines, became a U.S. citizen inside the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Evan Frost | MPR News. Angelina and Colan Witt, along with their daughter Gabriella, have the picture taken with the flag after Angelina became a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony inside the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Angelina is originally from Brazil. Evan Frost | MPR News Antonio Palma of Mexico, right, and Ahmed Ahmed of Sweden, raise their right hands in the air to pledge allegiance to the United States of America during a naturalization ceremony inside of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Evan Frost | MPR News Qinghui Yuan, far left, has his picture after becoming a U.S. Citizen inside of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Evan Frost | MPR News.