JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Six active duty service members became United States citizens Wednesday.
The naturalization ceremony was scheduled around the Veterans Day holiday, but also fell one day after voters selected Donald Trump as President-Elect.
“No matter how you look at the electoral politics of what we have done, we as a country have gone through peaceful transition of leadership between parties for decades,” said Col. Daniel S. Morgan, Joint Base Garrison Commander. “Our country is diverse. We have challenges. There’s no question about it, but we are a country of diversity and I’m proud to be a fellow citizen as you just finished your oath.”
The new citizens, like Bolivia-born Gus Calero, were not fazed by the uncertainty of President-Elect Trump’s immigration policy.
“This is America. This country will never go down. We have good people. We have good people all over,” said Calero.
Volunteering service, especially during a period of armed conflict, usually expedites the immigration process, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.