FRESNO, Calif. - Wednesday, President Trump visited San Diego to talk about building a wall along the border. On the same day, 900 people from around the world were sworn in as new American citizens, in Fresno.
The naturalization ceremony took place in downtown Fresno.
Officials with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fresno office said it's hard to say if the political climate has fueled citizenship applications.
They said over the last few months the ceremonies seem to be growing in size.
The hundreds of newly American citizens swore in with song and pledge.
While all were beaming on this monumental day, it was the group of nearly 600 from Mexico that let out the biggest cheer
"It feels good, it feels good," said Saul Valenzuela, a new American citizen, originally from Mexico.
The naturalization ceremony comes on the same day Trump visits California to talk about building a wall along the border.
Immigrants from Mexico weighed in on the president's visit.
"I don't know if it's going to help you know because people find different ways to come here," said Erika Gonzlaez, originally from Mexico.
Though some said the fear of deportation raids are what pushed them to become legal.
"I was worried, I mean I don't have anything wrong on my record but you never know," said Andres Garcia, originally from Mexico.
Garcia said his parents brought him to the states when we he was just one month old. So, America is all he's ever known.
"We all came here when we were young, so we're actually from here," Garcia said.
Officials with the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services Fresno office said the journey to U.S. citizenship varies from person to person and from country to country.
"Last year I decided I wanted to, so it was a very easy process for me," said Ronald Shariq, originally from Fiji.
A new citizen from Poland nearly overcome by emotion.
"It's a big thing for me, like I have to tell you I have hard time not to cry," said Agniescka Ounlade. And new citizens, a husband and wife, from India said it's a day they'll never forget.
"This is really a monumental day for us becoming a United States citizens," said Ramasubramanian Venkatesan.
Again, it was an emotional but happy day for all.
There will be another ceremony in April.