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Michael F. Bennet

'It doesn’t feel as welcoming': Becoming a U.S. citizen in the time of Trump

'It doesn’t feel as welcoming': Becoming a U.S. citizen in the time of Trump

Omar Ibraham, dressed in a dark jacket and pants, heard his name called by the woman who would change his life forever.

He stood up and took a step forward. Ibraham could see the piece of paper she was holding — the one she had warned him just an hour earlier to never laminate. She said that would destroy its power.

Ibraham took a second step. His heart was pounding. Is this really happening? he wondered. He saw the powerful senator, wearing a crisp blue suit, smiling. There was the judge, unmistakable in his black robes, battling a cold. The mayor and a state senator stood beneath a basketball hoop in the gym. There were flags on the wall from dozens of countries. He had...

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