48 new Americans sworn in during Law Day event

David Madden
May 01, 2018 - 3:59 pm
Trenton gained four dozen newly sworn in American citizens during Law Day.

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Trenton gained four dozen newly sworn in American citizens Tuesday morning for Law Day.

During the ceremonies, each participant took the oath of allegiance to the country and received their papers and a small American flag after hearing from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who is the son of immigrant parents.

In the current political climate, he said it might be hard for some to believe in the American dream. But he held himself up as an example that it can work.

"When my parents took that leap of faith nearly 45 years ago, they never imagined that their son would be in the position that I am in today," Grewal said.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the son of immigrant parents, spoke during a Law Day event.
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He reminded everyone that the checks and balances built into the Constitution, paired with efforts in many states, are protecting not just new citizens but others striving in one way or another to join them.

Among those taking that oath was Yana Shellman, a married mother of two from Russia who now lives in Burlington County. 

She said it took her about six months to complete the naturalization process and her husband helped her study for the citizenship test.

When it comes to her opinion of President Donald Trump and the immigration debate he's inspired, she said it is all about mutual respect.

"They are there for a reason," Shellman said, "and God allowed him to be in the office. So we need to respect and abide to the law and then everything else will be the way it should be."