A federal judge who presided over a large ceremony in which numerous legal immigrants became American citizens has garnered some level of criticism for comments he made during the ceremony to the large group of new citizens and their families.
Here are the comments that were made by Federal Judge John Primomo:
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“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. “He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country.”
He also had comments to make on other issues, such as NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem:
“I detest that, because you can protest things that happen in this country; you have every right to,” Judge Primomo said. “You don’t do that by offending national symbols like the national anthem and the flag of the United States.”
Primomo later clarified his statements in a message to reporters, saying he meant for the speech to be unifying. He also clarified that he himself did not vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election.
President Elect Trump said during a recent 60 Minutes interview that he plans to deport somewhere between two and three million illegal immigrants who had criminal records back to their home countries.
Trump’s comments about immigration and the deportation of current illegal immigrants have been a major talking point throughout the election season.
Despite Trump’s comments, he still managed to garner a larger share of the Latino vote than most other recent GOP presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney in 2012.
An Iraqi immigrant at the event said, “It is exciting to be an American. I believe that America is bigger than whoever is in office.”