On Wednesday, 1,200 immigrants at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium could finally call America more than just their home.
People from all across the globe, from 77 different nations became American citizens
Some of them were from countries in conflict.
“I have uncles and aunts that are really afraid, what’s going to happen, what’s going to happen next…like, if they are going to wake up the next morning,” said Ukranian immigrant Lyudmila Kovalskiy.
She says her family there lives in fear, and the strain between Ukranians and Russians can be felt.
“Maybe Russians, they look at you like you’re the enemy or something like that,” said Lyudmila.
Her husband says if he was still there, he might actually be in combat.
“The government would take me to the army,” said Vladimir.
Lyudmila and Vladimir sat in the same row and across the aisle from Marina Stepanov, an immigrant from Russia.
She didn’t want to talk about politics.
On this day, becoming an American was her focus.
And even though so much separates Russians and Ukranians thousands of miles away. Most people in the auditorium shared a common goal.
“It’s just a great opportunity for my children in the future,” said Stepanov.
A great opportunity and a better life, in a country where it doesn’t matter where you’re from.