Independence Day is a traditional day for people who have applied for American citizenship to achieve their dream and become naturalized citizens. On their July 4 evening broadcasts NBC and ABC paid tribute to a select group of such people – those putting their desire for citizenship on the front lines of war.
ABC's World News with Charles Gibson gave the story the depth it deserved, especially in light of the fight over immigration that has made headlines for the past months.
After starting the story with the Disney World naturalization ceremony of 1,000 new
Hendren noted that presidential candidate John McCain (R-AZ) was in the audience. But he turned to General David Petraeus, the U.S. Commander of multinational forces in
There has been no dearth of stories dealing sympathetically with the plight of illegal immigrants on the news for the past several months. So the ABC story was refreshing because the broadcast devoted a chunk of time to immigrants who have come into the country legally and have literally put their lives on the line for the citizenship they so desire.
Hendren set the story in stark terms which made the impact all the more resonant.
Graham: “It's a country worth fighting for and I'd rather keep the terrorists over here than see them in the States.”
Natasha Lavinski, a former Palestinian refugee and now
Anchor Charles Gibson told the viewing audience that some 2,000 members of the