Welcome to America, Catherine (Updated)


Catherine at a St. Louis tea party rally in 2009.

Several years ago while on a business trip to Asia my twin brother Joe met a lovely woman from China. Catherine lived in Shenzhen, the modern mainland city outside of Hong Kong. Catherine was raised in a rural community not far from Wuhan. Her family was not rich. They did not have indoor plumbing. They lived in a small home, raised chickens and farmed a small plot of land. When Catherine was old enough and brave enough she left her rural community and moved to Shenzhen. She found a job and lived in a tiny apartment.

Joe and Catherine were married in 2008 and then Catherine moved to America. She went to night school for English lessons and worked at a Sam’s Club, not because she needed to but because she wanted to. She wanted to contribute.


This morning my sister-in-law Catherine will be sworn in as a US citizen in downtown St. Louis.

She’s very excited.


Catherine (on right) with Dana Loesch and a friend from Japan at a gun shop in 2011.

Dana gave Catherine a wonderful shout-out today on her radio show.
Thank you, Dana!

Congratulations, Catherine.
And welcome to America.

UPDATE: It’s official.
Catherine and 51 others took the oath this morning in downtown St. Louis.

Here’s Catherine with friends Charlie and Rachel before the ceremony.

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  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Welcome Catherine, we need many more citizens like you!

    Oh yes, almost forgot, Merry Christmas!

  • Godzilla

    Beautiful story, beautiful woman.

  • Cobalt-Blue

    Welcome to America, Catherine. You are becoming part of the greatest experiment in human history.

  • Exile1981

    Too bad she wasn’t sworn in before the election.

  • Congratulations, and welcome. I know the system it tough to navigate, so thank you for doing it all on the up-and-up!

  • Congratulations Catherine!! What a blessing today must be for you… all that hard work you have done, today that accomplishment is celebrated! Merry Christmas too 😀

  • George

    Welcome and Merry Christmas!!

  • MamaTod

    Congratulations and welcome to the United States of America. May your years here be long, happy, and blessed.

  • Noovuss

    Too bad she she got here late to see what was once great.

  • Jet Jaguar

    So glad you are here, Catherine! May God’s face shine upon you!

  • Donna S

    I love this story. Catherine you are now a citizen of the greatest country on earth. Welcome and prosper. : )

  • bigL

    yay, congrats…you worked hard to get all that done in 3 yrs..(worked! don’t tell the obamanites)

  • CardiClan

    Congratulations, Catherine, and welcome to what’s left of the good ole USofA!

  • Fidget

    Well done, Catherine, and congratulations on your citizenship! Thank you for following the law and doing things the right way. I am proud to call you a fellow American. Welcome!

  • Symph

    Congratulations!!!

  • DANEgerus

    WELCOME!!! A true American!

  • n.a. palm

    WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!! May God bless you.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    I certainly hope that by the time 2016 rolls around there will still be something left for her to enjoy.

  • Conservative Femme

    Congratulations, Catherine, and God Bless you! I know you will be successful in all your endeavors. You, my dear, renew my hope for our country and its people. Best Wishes and Merry Christmas.

  • Chingachgook

    OUTSTANDING! Welcome to the United States of America, the greatest nation on earth.

  • dw dude

    is that bus’s guns in Lexington?

  • forest

    thumbs up!

  • Please help us save the US as a place of freedom and limited government! We have a lot of work ahead of us.

  • dw dude

    bud’s guns…stupid iPad

  • OldSailor

    Welcome aboard kid.

  • Nelle

    Welcome, Catherine. We hope you join the fight for freedom, while you enjoy the good life that your ancestors and ours have made possible here.

  • Goatroper

    “#11 November 30, 2012 at 10:22 am
    lincolns widow commented:

    Creepy. She is awfully young.”

    Being young is creepy? My kids are going to be very upset to hear this.

    Goatroper

  • lemonaide

    Bravo and welcome, Catherine. Help us return the USA to where it should be: a land of opportunity and freedom for all.

  • jpmn

    Always good to see someone do it the right way. Welcome.

  • Walknot

    Woot! Welcome!

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  • Luke

    You are very beautiful, hardworking and loving, Catherine. I am sure you will make an excellent citizen. We need more people like you. God bless you and your husband. I hope you will have many children and will teach them the virtues of capitalism and freedom. So great to see you at a Tea Party rally. Your husband is a lucky man!

  • CT

    Welcome new American Catherine you certainly do add to the beauty of America.

  • jharp

    Cool story. I have made many trips to Hong Kong. Around 50. Been to Sbenzhen, Guanzhou, and other towns in the area as a well.

    And used to see anywhere from 10-20 babies riding home to the U.S. with their new parents.

    Very cool. Oh, and all girls. Not once did I see a boy.

  • snewb

    Hi there Catherine.
    You’re amongst good folks there with Jim & Dana.
    Congratulations and welcome!

  • ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Congratulations! Welcome home.

  • passably affable

    This is honestly the best thing I’ve read all day.

    Welcome Aboard!!!!

  • greenfairie

    Congrats!

  • Bubba

    And she’s hanging out with Dana?!?!?! lol

    Congratulations and welcome aboard!

  • Perfected democrat

    Congratulations!

    #11, you know nothing, crawl back under your rock…

  • lethargic

    Most excellent best wishes and congratulations to Catherine and the whole family!

  • Orwellian States

    She did it the right way! Good for her and welcome to a fellow citizen! What a great story.

  • bg

    ++

    Godspeed, God Bless, Congratulations & Welcome!! 🙂

    ==

  • BobInMaine

    Congratulations Catherine, and welcome! Welcome indeed!

  • sybilll

    I am glad to welcome you with open arms Catherine. God Bless you!

  • JPeterman

    From one new citizen to another, I welcome you to America, Catherine.

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  • Jim

    Catherine – Welcome. I wish you and your husband a blessed and happy life together here in America. So often, Americans take for granted what we have here. Over the last few years, you have lived it (and have a much greater appreciation for it).

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy American New Year.

  • Practical Jane

    Welcome to America Catherine.

  • Owen

    Should have just came illegally and waited to get an amnesty.

  • Look-Out

    Beautiful story and beautiful lady. Welcome to America!
    Our arms are open to new citizens such as you…
    only wish we were sharing with you our best years.
    With God’s help, we’ll find our way back to a better place.
    Every blessing for you and your family in the years ahead.

  • don

    Welcome with open arms Catherine. America is better today than yesterday. Thank you.

  • Perfected democrat

    “#11 November 30, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Jet Jaguar commented:

    So glad you are here, Catherine! May God’s face shine upon you!”

    Yes, and my post earlier which alluded to “#11” was not directed to you, but to the original troll, #11, which was later deleted…

  • fannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnntastic!!!!

  • Rose

    Congratulations to Catherine and to your brother Joe, and to your family. She is a beautiful lady with a very brave heart. God bless and keep you all.

  • Leslie

    Welcome Catherine.I think it’s wonderful to have such a beautiful and patriotic woman like you as a new citizen of this great country.You make me proud to be an American.Congratulations and may God bless you and your family always.Wishing you and all of your lovely family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  • Peter Warner

    Welcome Catherine, and congratulations on a great accomplishment.

    I’ve asked missionaries here in Asia; If America falls, where can the force for freedom be secure and promoted from? Most of them are uncertain of any clear answer. Perhaps the answer comes from intelligent, motivated and determined people like Catherine, coming to America and reviving her hope and direction.

    May you walk with God.

    Best regards, Peter Warner.

  • Joseph

    Welcome to America, Catherine. It is people like you who can save this still-great nation from those who want to turn into China under Mao. Marry Christmas.

  • Joseph

    Oops! MERRY Christmas.

  • Flintstone F.

    Congratulations Catherine. What a great moment that must be to get the certificate.

  • Mike D.

    FANTASTIC !!!

  • Mike D.

    I forgot to add we are doing the Snoopy ” Happy Dance” for you.

  • thebronze

    Awesome!! Congratulations!!

  • Frogg

    Congratulations Catherine! America is lucky to have you.

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  • ALL_IS_LOST

    She is what make America great. Immigrants, not migrants, who melt in the great pot of the land. Welcome to the fold.

    Of course we all know how Republicans hate immigrants.

  • Tom Kubiak, Colonel, USAF (Ret)

    Joe is one lucky man. Catherine is the epitome of what America is all about. She beautiful and classy. You must be proud of her and Joe.

  • senatorseven

    Welcome, Catherine and congratulations to you and Joe!

  • From one immigrant citizen to another – Congratulations, Catherine! 🙂

  • Chuck

    I’m so proud to have Catherine as a member of my family, and now, a member of this great country. Welcome cousin Catherine!