New American Citizens Sworn In At Bush Institute

Alan Scaia
March 18, 2019 - 1:37 pm
George W. Bush Institute

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The George W. Bush Institute at SMU hosted a ceremony where 49 people became American citizens Monday morning.

The new citizens had come from 22 different countries.

"I'd like to point out that not only are you becoming an American, but you're a Texan," George W. Bush told the new citizens. "If you walk out of here with a little extra attitude in your step, it shows the culture has taken hold."

The former president last spoke at a naturalization ceremony in 2012. He and Laura Bush shook the hand of each new citizen.

"It was the best day of my life," says Yatzaidi Cummins, who came from Panama. "I was telling my husband, wow, there are Americans who never get the opportunity to meet a president."

President Donald Trump recorded a video for the ceremony.

"No matter where you come from, or what faith you practice, this country is now your country," he says. "Our history is now your history. Our traditions are now your traditions."

Before the ceremony, George W. Bush held a round table with the Bush Institute's director of economic growth, several lawmakers, a DACA recipient, immigration lawyer and former head of border security. The former president says he regrets not achieving immigration reform during his administration.

"I hope those responsible in Washington can dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside and modernize our immigration laws soon," he says.