Jefferson smiles on new Americans
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer based in the New River Valley.
The national immigration debate focuses almost exclusively on the negative. Americans worry about border fences and deportation, about checking papers in Arizona and congressional inaction.
Yet there is another side of immigration, a legal side that manifests the great American experiment. It was on display last week at the annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello.
On that hot, Virginia morning, beneath the blazing sun and the pale moon hanging high in an azure sky, more than 70 people from three dozen countries took the oath of citizenship on the steps of Thomas Jefferson’s home. Today, they are our fellow citizens and our fellow Virginians.
What better way to celebrate the nation’s most patriotic holiday?
Tracey Ullman’s keynote address at the annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony: