Pablo Mendez, originally from the Dominican Republic, raises an American flag as his name is called on Sept. 17, 2012, at the National Archives Building in Washington, during a naturalization ceremony to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK

Pablo Mendez, originally from the Dominican Republic, raises an American flag as his name is called on Sept. 17, 2012, at the National Archives Building in Washington, during a naturalization ceremony to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)