One-hundred-year-old Amanda Angelica Budino became an American citizen on Aug. 24. She hails from Argentina. Her wish was to become an American citizen before she dies.
Amanda Angelica Budino is now an American citizen: A 100-year-old American citizen.
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Budino's wish was to be a U.S. citizen before she dies. She originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Government officials swore Budino in on Aug. 24, per DHS.gov:
"In a special ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office in Miami, Amanda Angelica Budino, a 100-year-old applicant from Buenos Aires, Argentina, recently took the Oath of Allegiance and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
"She has lived in the United States since 2001 and currently resides with her daughter and granddaughter in Miami. Mrs. Budino was the only member of her family who had not attained U.S. citizenship, and said she didn't want to die without becoming an American citizen."
Iliam Espada was the immigration officer who interviewed and assisted Budino.
"I was honored to have interviewed Mrs. Budino regarding her naturalization application," Espada told DHS.gov. "She was very warm, bright, and we here in Miami wish her all the best."
Mrs. Budino showed her excitement throughout the whole process. She waved an American flag and said, "Let's go, USA!" This was her routine after answering Espada's questions, per DHS.gov.
"I am very thankful to his country," she told DHS.gov. "And I am very happy to become an American citizen."
The Department of Homeland Security is also making changes to its Visa Waiver Program.
Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said DHS is planning to implement stronger security measures to this program. Johnson cites global terrorism as a cause of concern. Many foreign nationals traveling to the United States do not need a visa, per DHS.gov.
Johnson says the Visa Waiver Program is valuable "for lawful trade and travel with this nations' most trusted partners." Thirty-eight countries are part of his program.
The security measures will apply to old and new participants. The Department of State and other federal agencies will also be part of this endeavor.
The new security requirements are as follows:
- Required use of e-passports
- Required use of the INTERPOL Lost and Stolen Passport Database
- Federal air marshals traveling on international flights from Visa Waiver countries to America
Johnson says these changes will help thwart threats and challenges to the country's safety. He also stresses they "will not hinder lawful trade with our partners in the Visa Waiver Program."
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