I became a U.S. Citizen on September 19, 2013. There were 45 others with me on that day at the immigration office in Fairfax, VA. They came from 25 different countries.

I immigrated here in 1984 – and have had the right to become a citizen for more than 20 years, but I've struggled with the concepts of citizenship and identity; cultural and political, so taking the oath on that day was a long time coming. I was very emotional, excited and full of pride.

Now I can say I am a U.S. Citizen and feels great to say it. Since I work at the League my first priority is registering to vote, which everyone here is helping to do. I'm excited to vote in the next election.

I would like to thank everyone here at the League for all their good wishes.