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New Citizens Differ On Whether Donald Trump Will Make Naturalization More Difficult

Hundreds of them participated in a citizenship ceremony held at a north Houston arena.

Hundreds of immigrants attended a citizenship ceremony held at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, located in north Houston, on December 14th. They had different opinions about whether immigration rules and guidelines could become stricter under the Trump Administration.
Hundreds of immigrants attended a citizenship ceremony held at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, located in north Houston, on December 14th. They had different opinions about whether immigration rules and guidelines could become stricter under the Trump Administration.

Immigration was a big issue during the presidential campaign and President-elect Donald Trump took a hard stance on it.

Some Houston residents who have just completed their naturalization process had different opinions about whether naturalization rules and guidelines could become stricter under the Trump Administration.

For Danial Shaikh, a 29 year-old petroleum engineer from Pakistan, as long as citizenship applicants have all the required documents “the process is definitely, I’m sure, not gonna change,” so he thinks it will not make a difference who is in the White House.

Shaikh spoke to Houston Public Media just a few minutes before being naturalized at a citizenship ceremony held in a north Houston arena on Wednesday.

Antonia Romero immigrated to the United States from El Salvador when she was 13 years-old and had a different take than Shaikh.

“It does make difference becoming a citizen while Obama is still on…, you know, in the White House because things might get a little tougher for the people in the future that are applying to become citizens,” Romero, who is now 26 years-old and studying to be a nurse, stated while attending the ceremony, also briefly before taking the oath of citizenship.

Romero said she thinks the citizenship process might become longer and require more paperwork under the Trump Administration.

Ming Cheng, a 43 year-old engineer from China that has lived in America for the past 16 years, noted he puts his faith in the Constitution.

In regards to immigration processes, Ming commented “it really doesn’t matter” who is the President.

He added the rule of law gives him peace of mind.

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