Like Judge Gregory in Virginia, Sen. Harris delivered “not-so-veiled” jabs at Trump:
“Whenever you feel that future is threatened, whenever those values of liberty and justice for all that drew us here seem under assault, you need to speak up and speak out,” Harris said at a ceremony on the battleship Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles on Monday, according to prepared remarks. “That’s the whole point of the freedoms we cherish.
During a ceremony on the lawn of George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate, Mahmoud Esmaeili, originally from Iran, said the huge number of Americans rushing to airports to protest Trump’s Muslim bans kept him optimistic.
Mahmoud and other new Americans expressed some of the exact kind of hopes that immigrants have brought to our shores for generations:
“I believe in this system, and that’s why I’m here. I believe that one person — even if it’s the president — can’t do everything he wants. The people are important,” he said, looking forward to the next election in 2020.
“People are going to know that they made a mistake and they will re-elect someone more suited to America,” he added
Even those who had no friends or family members who were taking part in the ceremonies were emotionally overwhelmed by the process:
Watching the festivities quietly from the back of the lawn, Johnna Scepansky, 50, wiped tears streaming down past her sunglasses. She did not know anybody taking the oath on Tuesday but brought her husband and 4-year-old twin daughters to see the ceremony.
“There is so much controversy about who should be here and who shouldn’t,” Ms. Scepansky said. “I think anyone who wants to be here should be here,” she said, adding that the most recent person in her family to migrate to the United States arrived some 200 years ago.
“I hate the vilification that’s coming out on people who just want to be here and have the best possible lives for their family,” she said.
And the truth is, when certain popular vote losers continue to demonize you and vilify you, there are few other purer expressions of patriotism than continuing to believe in and love this country, knowing you can help make it better. That’s hope, and that’s what immigrants bring.
”You chose to become United States citizens. Now, I’m asking you to choose to embrace the responsibilities of citizenship. Get involved. Attend town halls or city council meeting. Run for office yourselves. Vote.”
”Remember that imperfect though we may be, our greatest strength has always been our ability and willingness to fix those imperfections and make our country a more just and equal place.”
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