Michael Alvarez Montoya (right), originally of El Salvador, looks up as he waits to go on stage to receive his certificate of citizenship from Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citieznship and Immigration Services, at a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Photo by: BARBARA L. SALISBURY

Michael Alvarez Montoya (right), originally of El Salvador, looks up as he waits to go on stage to receive his certificate of citizenship from Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citieznship and Immigration Services, at a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)