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Rome (GA) welcomes more than 50 new citizens
Rome News-Tribune ^ | 03.15.2013 | Doug Walker

Posted on 03/15/2013 7:20:38 AM PDT by Prov1322

The lyrics to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” take on a whole new significance when you hear them sung in Hindi, Mandarin, Russian, Korean and Spanish.

“God bless America, my home, sweet home,” was bellowed out proudly by close to 50 people representing more than 20 counties who became naturalized United States citizens during ceremonies in the U.S. District Court in Rome on Thursday.

India led the parade of nations represented by former citizens who are now Americans with seven, followed by South Korea with five and Vietnam with four. Taiwan and Colombia each lost three citizens during Thursday’s ceremony.

Olesya Sypchenko, a native of Russia who has lived in the U.S. for six years, was one of 29 women who took their citizenship oaths in front of U.S. District Court Judge Harold L. Murphy.

“It was hard, very hard,” she said of the decision to renounce her Russian citizenship. “But I want to be helpful for this nation.”

Sypchenko said learning the language and absorbing the American culture and history have all been very difficult. On the other hand, Selva Ferrero, a native of Argentina, has been in the country for 42 years.

“I really felt like I was an American,” Ferrero said. “I was raised American with baseball, football and hot dogs.”

Ferrero, who lives in Alpharetta, is a flight attendant with United Airlines. She said she travels the world but is so happy to finally, officially, call herself an American.

Kelvin Chen Chih Peng is a graduate student at Georgia Tech. He was born in Taiwan but has lived in New Zealand for most of his life. Peng said it was not such a big deal to him to give up his Taiwanese citizenship. Why the decision to become a U.S. citizen?

“Because this is the greatest country in the world,” Peng said.

Ed Hine Jr., a Rome attorney, served as the keynote speaker for the event.

“What a proud day this is, not only for each of you all, but every citizen here whom you have joined,” he said. “The past is not nearly as important as the present. You are now United States citizens, and we welcome you and are glad that you are here.”

Hine reminded the newly naturalized citizens of the importance of the Bill of Rights. He recited each of the initial 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. He said each is critically important to their new rights as citizens.

“We welcome you to this country,” Murphy said. “We all should remember that we are either immigrants or descended from immigrants and we’re privileged to have the freedoms of the Constitution of the United States. It’s not easy but it’s a wonderful life and a wonderful country.”


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Nice news for a Friday.
1 posted on 03/15/2013 7:20:38 AM PDT by Prov1322
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To: Prov1322

How in the world did they end up in Rome, GA?


2 posted on 03/15/2013 7:26:01 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

>>How in the world did they end up in Rome, GA?<<

Got lost between Atlanta and Chattanooga...


3 posted on 03/15/2013 7:30:05 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Establishment Republicans don't like that totalitarian thing unless it is THEIR totalitarian thing!)
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To: freedumb2003
Got lost between Atlanta and Chattanooga...

Nah...they got lost between Trion and Aragon!

We lovingly refer to Rome as "Eastern Alabama"...which the Romans do not care for, but they are in close proximity!

4 posted on 03/15/2013 7:33:15 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: ilovesarah2012

Get out to Oklahoma City sometimes and ask yourself how so many Vietnamese ended up in the middle of the country.

A very strange set of circumstances led to that demographic.


5 posted on 03/15/2013 7:45:55 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Prov1322
Welcome to America.

I take exception to this:

The lyrics to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” take on a whole new significance when you hear them sung in Hindi, Mandarin, Russian, Korean and Spanish.

This is the United States of America.
That song was written in English by an American. It was meant to be sung in English because that is the language of America.

Singing it in any other language Balkanizes us all and drives a wedge (hyphen) between those newly-naturalized and those born here. That would be a huge mistake.
6 posted on 03/15/2013 7:49:39 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: ilovesarah2012

There must be a Federal Courthouse, and they took their oath there. I know I had to travel to Anderson, SC, for my naturalization. Immigration set the location, time and date. I was too happy to care where did I have to go.


7 posted on 03/15/2013 7:56:00 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: SJSAMPLE

IMO, the Vietnamese refugees who came here as boat people probably wanted to locate as far away from the ocean as possible.

Probably the most adaptable & productive immigrant group to have come to America.


8 posted on 03/15/2013 8:26:04 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: elcid1970

Definitely productive, but I keep getting requests to convert all our Oklahoma City business systems into Vietnamese and Spanish.

Not gonna happen.

I think the OKC oddity is more a result of the USAF base and how the US government handled the influx of refugees.

Of course, I had an Indianapolis employee who jumped on a boat at age 11 and didn’t see US land for two years. He was one of those who never wanted to set foot on a boat ever again.


9 posted on 03/15/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Prov1322

>>Nah...they got lost between Trion and Aragon!
<<

Mapquest, thou art a heatless b!tch (lol)

Proof again that mere technology can never replace the human experience...

I have been to Atlanta a few times but never really experienced it.


10 posted on 03/15/2013 8:53:42 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Establishment Republicans don't like that totalitarian thing unless it is THEIR totalitarian thing!)
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To: freedumb2003
Believe me, life here in rural NWGA (or GreenAcres as we like to call it) is wonderful and a completely different world from ATL!

In fact, the Chamber of Commerce website is NotAtlanta.org

And the Rome area has intentionally shielded themselves from connecting to Atlanta (which was a plus to us!).

11 posted on 03/15/2013 9:07:38 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: SJSAMPLE; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

Wrong. Consider history. Americans my age grew up surrounded by family and neighbors who obtained citizenship, but NOT the ability to speak English. Entire neighborhoods displayes store signs in GREEK, HEBREW, CHINESE, ITALIAN and a hundred other languages from foreign lands These people were AMERICANS and were proud of it.
History then shows that the children of these foreign speaking citizens went into the American school system and graduated as Americans, speaking English, loving the country, and eventually taking over the country.
History shows the 1st generation Americans fought and won WWII, many fighting in and/or against the native lands of their parents and grandparents.
This was the OLD America, not the zoo we have today. Let these new citizens speak what they can and will, and observe they have more pride in their new country that all too many of the “native born” idiots.


12 posted on 03/15/2013 9:40:57 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: ilovesarah2012

beautiful small town but I;ve noticed when going there the Indians seem to own many motels and hotels there, of which I might add they never update or do any work tot hem but instead run into the ground


13 posted on 03/15/2013 12:02:34 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: ilovesarah2012

all roads lead to rome...

atleast, that is what i have heard.

teeman


14 posted on 03/15/2013 12:16:06 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Prov1322

I am stuck in Smyrna, which is way ro close to alanta. I think it is so beauiful up there in Rome, if DH would sell, I’d move in heartbeat.


15 posted on 03/15/2013 12:42:12 PM PDT by jusduat (on the mercy of the Lord alone.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Hickory, NC has very large Hmong & Romanian communities.

Local churches welcomed refugees and helped them get settled, jobs, language help, studies for citizenship.

It has happened all over the country.

Not sure if this applied to these folks in Rome.

BTW, North Georgia is a nice place to live.


16 posted on 03/15/2013 3:26:50 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: elcid1970

“IMO, the Vietnamese refugees who came here as boat people probably wanted to locate as far away from the ocean as possible.”

http://www.vietnamese-american.org/102802.html

“Tuesday’s establishment of an eight-state shrimp-industry coalition that will seek ways to promote wild-caught Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic shrimp took a historic turn when two Vietnamese-American men were named to sit on its board.

Gary Nguyen, a Lafourche Parish dock owner; and Calvin Nguyen, a New Orleans member of a Vietnamese fishing family; both described their decision to accept seats on the Southern Shrimp Association’s board of directors as a “very big step” for the organization and for themselves.

Inclusion of Vietnamese Americans in a U.S. commercial- fishing trade organization is something fishermen interviewed Tuesday said might have been impossible a decade ago because the history between Asian and Anglo fishermen has been so tainted with instances of discrimination and even violence.

George Barisich, co-chair of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, who has fought battles for years against turtle-excluder devices and other issues important to shrimp fishermen, said he has been trying for years to include Vietnamese voices in his efforts. He said he is pleased that this time those efforts have borne success.

“Right now, the Vietnamese are 45 to 80 percent of the industry in some areas,” Barisich said. “They are a major portion of the U.S. fleet, and up until now they have not been politically involved or helping to fight the battles others have put up, such as turtle-excluder devices. This is an opportunity to open that door.”


17 posted on 03/15/2013 3:31:29 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: manc

They hall have the name Patel too.


18 posted on 03/15/2013 3:44:25 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: Diggity

The hotel/motel owners that is.


19 posted on 03/15/2013 3:45:07 PM PDT by Diggity
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To: BwanaNdege

OK, Today’s Vietnamese-Americans aren’t afraid of the sea, got it. It was that reference to OK City that I read.

It was a miracle that as many were able to survive the awful passage as they did. Their biggest enemy was pirates, IIRC. And the U.S. Navy picked up a large number of boat people.

Does anyone recall in 1978 Jane Fonda denounced the boat people for deserting their `socialist paradise’, which got her @ss booted off the California Arts Commission by the liberal CA legislature, no less?

FWIW, I’m a Vietnam vet, I wish success to the Vietnamese-American community, and I will always hate Jane Fonda.

Wonder what the former `boat people’ think of the aging commie hag?


20 posted on 03/15/2013 3:55:47 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Prov1322

I “came home” to Rome, GA in 2001. Once you get that red clay in your bloodstream, it’s hard to get it out!


21 posted on 03/15/2013 6:06:42 PM PDT by housemom1952
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To: SJSAMPLE
Born in 1888 into a Russian Jewish family who came to New York City to escape religious persecution when Irving was five years old, he quickly shed his religious roots and fell in love with America. He became an American citizen when he was 29.

That song was written in English by an American.

Indeed, written in the same year that he became a U.S. citizen at age 29 in 1918, also, the same year he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

American as apple pie, Berlin loved his adopted country.

22 posted on 03/16/2013 5:53:53 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Prov1322
Welcome to the new U.S. citizens who did it the right, legal way.
23 posted on 03/16/2013 8:28:00 PM PDT by WeatherGuy
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