Newest Americans Want President Who Unites

Oct 11, 2016

Last Friday, central Illinois held its final naturalization ceremony before this year’s election.

Fifty-eight men and women entered Springfield's Old State Capitol as citizens of 30 nations. An hour later, they left as citizens of one.

This week, we're participating in a national week of conversation along with other NPR member stations called A Nation Engaged.

We're asking these questions: “What does it mean to you to be an American? And what could the next president do to advance your vision?”

Brian Mackey covers state government for NPR Illinois. You can follow his reporting on Twitter and Facebook. A version of this story was first broadcast on Illinois Edition on October 10, 2016.