ST. PAUL, Minn –
As one of the largest naturalization ceremonies in the state, Sen. Hawj celebrated their oath of citizenship, which ironically took place just one day after the announcement the DACA program would be dismantled.
“After my deep disappointment in the DACA decision this week, this ceremony gives me hope in America,” Sen. Hawj said. “As a Senator from Saint Paul, I am honored to welcome these citizens and be part of a once in a lifetime ceremony to become naturalized U.S. citizens.”
Sen. Hawj understands how important the naturalization process is. He was born in Laos during the Vietnam War and lived in refugee camps with his family before coming to the United States. His family was sworn in as citizens of the U.S. more than 30 years ago. He appreciates the significance of the ceremony and understands the struggles many attendees overcame to pass the naturalization exam.
“These brave men and women reflect our dream for America—a America where diversity is celebrated and respected through new ideas, a strong work ethic and adding a valued, cultural richness to our communities,” Hawj said. “Like me, many of these naturalized citizens came to this country penniless and empty-handed. Today, with their dedication to becoming citizens, they can now call this great country home; participate in elections, and even run for office themselves—their possibilities for success are endless.”
“We will stand together as Americans for justice, equality, freedom, and courage,” Sen. Hawj said.