I recently attended a citizenship ceremony at the Rose Wagner Theatre for my nephew. His letter told him to report at 1 p.m. We arrived at noon and were allowed to enter and wait in the lobby. I later found out there were 201 people receiving their citizenship. There were at least that many more there to support them. To everyone's dismay, the ceremony started at 2 p.m.
Judge Sam asked parents with noisy children to please leave the area if they make noise so as to not cloud such a joyous moment. These children had been sitting for over an hour and a half waiting, with another hour and a half to complete the ceremony.The local U.S. Immigration Office should be ashamed to coordinate such a prestigious event in this manner. If a defendant were to enter Judge Sam's courtroom an hour late, I am sure a warrant would have been issued. Lateness in our society has become the rule, rather than the exception. What a poor example for those receiving their citizenship.