A federal judge presiding over a naturalization ceremony in San Antonio. Texas, had the most welcoming message for the new citizens of the United States.
Acknowledging their concerns about President-elect Donald Trump, who hates immigrants and Muslims (amongst other things), Judge John Primomo emphatically told the attendees if they did not like Trump, they could leave the country.
“I can assure you that whether you voted for him or you did not vote for him, if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president,” Primomo said, according to KENS 5. “He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”
It was obvious why people had legitimate concerns about Trump's presidency. The billionaire mogul has not exactly been kind to immigrants – in fact, he promised to build a wall to keep out Mexicans, to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants.
Judge Primomo said his comments were meant to be unifying and respectful to the office of the president. Ironically, that's quite opposite of what the comments actually sounded like.
Talking to KENS5, the judge disapproved of the protesters who have come out against the president-elect, appearing blissfully igonorant of how Trump's elections has emboldened misogynist, anti-Semites and white nationalists across the country.
“I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country; you have every right to. You don't do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States,” he added.
However, there is still some hope that a little happiness may still be salvaged from some ugly times.
“The essence of Americans is that you have the right to vote and choose [who] to represent you,” said Rafael Guerra, a new American born in Mexico.
Vharati Dharwadkar, another new citizen, was grateful for the opportunities America offers women, opportunities not available in her native India.