5K become citizens in Los Angeles before Donald Trump inauguration

citizens at the Los Angeles Convention Center.The new citizens represented more than 120 countries. A staple of Trump’s campaign centered around immigration reform and many immigrants in the U.S. expressed fear of mass deportations.Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck stated back in November that his officers would not be “the immigration police” and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stated multiple times that the Southland would remain a sanctuary city for immigrants. “To put my hand here and feel it and to be so proud, it happened today.”MORE: Hundreds protest President-elect Trump over immigration days before inauguration”I felt tears well up in my eyes. It’s just really special and I feel it’s just a really great privilege to become a citizen,” Mary Charlotte Nelson shared. For many, it was a long time coming and for others, it couldn’t happen soon enough. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Just days before President-elect Donald Trump is set to be sworn-in as the commander-in-chief, 5,000 people were sworn-in as U.S. “I just wanted to make sure that I would get my citizenship before Trump became the president,” Ammar Al-Masri said on Wednesday.