Spotted this en route to NextFest at the L.A. Convention Center, and it totally warmed my heart: Thousands of people, from every nation you could imagine, waiting on line in the lobby for their citizenship swearing-in ceremonies to begin.
People were coming through in several huge groups – this was the 10 a.m. group, and another came along at 1 p.m. as I was leaving.
More photos after the jump …
They came with children, parents, loved ones and friends – most of them dressed in their very best. An electric buzz passed among them and through the air of the lobby, tinged with a dozen flavors of cologne and perfume.
Outside, clever vendors hawked leatherette binders designed to hold the holy grail for so many immigrants- the U.S. citizenship certificate.
Now, imagine the thousands more who want to become citizens, but are still fighting the hopelessly broken naturalization process to legally join our society. Think we can push Congress to do what it takes to streamline the process, fix the flaws and double or triple the crowd here in the coming years?