Seattle PI: Nineteen become U.S. citizens: 'The heart of our country — immigrants!'

Nineteen newly sworn-in U.S. citizens, from 14 countries, were feted in welcoming speeches, essays and poetry on Tuesday at a Flag Day citizenship ceremony and celebration at Seattle City Hall. The most eloquent words came from three fifth graders, finalists in a statewide essay contest with the theme: “Why I’m Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants.” All displayed a …