Springfield - For immigrants being sworn in as U.S. citizens, the American dream stands for something.
It stands for a chance to be a part of the United States and a chance to be a part of something bigger.
"The reason we migrated here along time back was because of the opportunities and freedom the united states provides," said Ankur Nagrecha.
These people are becoming naturalized citizens of the United States, and they're doing things the legal way.
It's the ones who cross the border illegally that are drawing attention of Republican presidential candidates.
"Anyone who really cares about illegal immigration wouldn't be hiring illegal immigrants," said Ted Cruz.
Marco Rubio added, "he's (Donald Trump) the only person on this stage who's ever been fined for hiring people to work on projects illegally."
However, Donald trump wants all undocumented immigrants out and he proposes putting up a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
"I will and the wall just got 10-feet taller believe me," said Trump.
For the newly sworn citizens, hearing a potential president talk about immigration laws is a little concerning.
They said that makes it that much more important to pay attention to the topics this election season.
"I feel a little bit more powerful because I have the same right as everybody else. There was only one thing I couldn't do before, I couldn't vote, but now I can. It takes a long journey to come to united states and to make it a lot without no troubles."