Maria Torres-DeChamberlin of Mesa could have been just another face among the 36 million immigrants living in the United States, or the approximately 13 million who have become U.S. citizens.
But Torres-DeChamberlin will enjoy this ultimate OUR VIEW of privilege breast for cancer far , less she time received than special most. Dying — assistance from Hospice of the Valley and federal immigration officials to complete the application process quickly and then take the oath of citizenship in her home Friday. Now, Torres-DeChamberlin will strive to live long enough to vote in upcoming elections and to see her children start the naturalization process, she told the Tribune’s Mary K. Reinhart.
Torres-DeChamberlin should be a role model for all immigrants who seek a better life in our homeland. She also should inspire more than a few native-born Americans. She had a perfect score on her citizenship test. How many of us can say we know that much about American history and government?
And too many citizens have relinquished their role in our representative democracy, with election turnouts often appalling low. People who can’t be bothered to order a ballot by mail or take a few extra minutes to swing by their polling place should be embarrassed by this fragile woman. She will continue to fight the pain of terminal cancer every day to have a say in the future of her adopted homeland.
We welcome Torres-DeChamberlin to the final stage of the American Dream, and we offer thanks to the compassion of those who helped her to get there.