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How a Violinist and a Poet, on Opposite Coasts, Celebrated Their New U.S. Citizenship
To mark Constitution Week 2014, USCIS welcomed more than 27,000 new citizens in more than 160 naturalization ceremonies held nationwide Sept. 17-23.
Each person’s story adds a unique thread to the fabric of our country. In the case of Augustin Hadelich, it adds a set of violin strings. The 30-year-old virtuoso became a U.S. citizen in New York City on Sept. 17.
|Augustin Hadelich playing at his ceremony|
|Carlos Jainga and his wife, Estrella|
Postscript on Citizenship Day
in different colors,
white, black, brown
in monochromatic skin colors.
in different sizes
small, medium, large
in different heights, short or tall.
from different countries
in alphabetical acronym,
representing all nationalities.
converging in one
convention center, drawn
by the power of citizenship.
to become part of USA,
and live the immutable truth
ingrained in the motto, “E pluribus unum.”
Carlos Jainga’s poem – republished here with his permission -- celebrates the realization of the American dream for so many who now call the USA home.