On the New York Times Lens blog, Getty photographer John Moore writes about a recent portraits of children receiving their citizenship certificates at the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan.
With immigration, much of my work has focused — and will continue to in the near future — on the tough parts of the story: federal agents chasing thirsty immigrants through the desert, detention centers full of immigrants held on their way to deportation, often penniless, to their home countries. But still, as we often hear, America is a country of immigrants. It would appear that with immigration overhaul by the government at last a possibility, this story will be in front of us for some time. Once in a while we find the joyous part of any tough story, and this shoot of young and new Americans was just that.
Photos by John Moore/Getty Images