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New U.S. citizens weigh in on border crisis

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A group of newly naturalized U.S. citizens in North Texas is concerned about the border crisis -- not about the politics, but about the children caught up in the crisis.

On Thursday, 120 people from 35 different countries became naturalized U.S. citizens. All have different stories, and they’re all watching the crisis as Central American children come to America.  

“…I came for my son’s future,” said Zaineb Alqaisi.

Alqaisi left Iraq five years ago when her husband was killed in the war.

I want to cry, really,” said Alqaisi. “Just like, break my heart. I just remember us when my husband [was] killed there…I remember myself when I took my son and just switched my country.”

Sadif Hussain from Pakistan took 25 years to become a U.S. citizen. She calls America the land of opportunity and says that’s why many in Central America have sent their children over, hoping their lives will be different.

“I understand why; I mean, America is a country of opportunity,” said Sadaf Hussain.

But some believe the children should not be coming to America without parents.

“They need to stay with their parents,” said new U.S. citizen Marisella Zamora. “I don’t know. I don’t think it’s right to send kids over. Me, it’s different because I was 28 when I got here. But I think children need to be with their parents.”

Carmen Casey came to the U.S. from Mexico. She married an American soldier and it still took 16 years for her to get citizenship.

“Well, it makes me really sad because I came here when I was younger, too,” said Casey.

Casey hopes the kids at the center of the border crisis can have the same opportunities she’s had.

“I’m going for my nursing, and we can provide a future for this country, too," she said.

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