John Primomo, a federal magistrate judge in San Antonio, Texas, is setting clear expectations to attendees who applied for citizenship in the Unites States and successfully passed the requirements, meaning they followed the legal process to become recognized citizens.
According to the local news station KENS5, as Judge Primomo presided over the citizenship ceremony at the Institute of Texan Cultures, he closed by making a strong statement, encouraging new citizens to support the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
“I can assure you that whether you voted for him or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president,” Judge John Primomo said. “He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”
The judge also had a message for the anti-Trump protesters and others, such as NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem, acknowledging their right to protest, but wishing that they did not do it at the expense of national pride.
“I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country; you have every right to,” Judge Primomo said. “You don’t do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”
Although stating that he did not in fact vote for Donald Trump, Judge Primomo said his message was meant to instill a sense of respect for the presidential office of our country, and was not intended to be a political statement. It was an example for those who may not have voted for Trump that although their candidate did not win the election, they should still respect the democratic system of America and the presidential office.
Despite the mainstream media portraying immigrants as “living in fear” now that Donald Trump has been elected, the newly minted citizens presided over by this judge had very positive things to say about America and its values.
“The essence of Americans is that you have the right to vote and choose [who] to represent you,” said Rafael Guerra, a new American born in Mexico.
In an election where women played such a pivotal role, Indian immigrant and new American Vharati Dharwadkar said that women have it better in the U.S. than in her native India.
“The freedom and the importance that ladies get in this country is independence,” Dharwadkar said. “She can freely say whatever she has to say. I feel free in this country compared to my country.”
Iraqi native Mohammed Al Farradh said that America is still is a beacon of hope for many.
“It is exciting to be an American. I believe that America is bigger than whoever is in office,” Farradh said.
When immigrants go through the legal system to become official citizens of the United States, they tend to gain a greater respect for our institutions, freedoms and founding principles. They are following our nation’s laws and immigration policies, and Trump supporters welcome anyone who wants to come to this country to share the American dream. As long as they come hear legally, that is.