Newly minted U.S. citizen voting for Trump

Posted at 9:24 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 23:44:21-04

An immigrant from Mexico says she's voting for Donald Trump. Now that she's an American citizen, she'll be able to vote for the first time this November. 

Ara Jacobson moved to the United States at 17. At the time, she wasn't a citizen. Four years ago, she officially passed the test. 

A white certificate, officially sealed December 18, 2012, sits on Ara Jacobson's kitchen table. It's been a long time coming, 12 years to be exact. 

"My journey was very easy compared to other migrants," Jacobson said. 

This November will be the first presidential election in which she's eligible to vote. She says she'll be checking the box for Donald Trump. 

"His message is very inspiring and it pumps me up," she said. "I'm not the only one. It's just that a lot of people are afraid to speak out."

Trump has made headlines with plans to deport millions of illegal immigrants. At one point, that was Jacobson. But she says Trump's tirades on immigration don't scare her away. 

"Why pay attention to that?" Jacobson said. "I just block that out and I know I'm voting for him because he wants the best for the country." 

Jacobson says Trump's experience as a businessman will benefit America. 

"Even though he has had some failure, he has filed bankruptcy a few times, that's how you grow," she said. 

While she says she agrees with the billionaire's idea to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, she says that's not enough. 

"I think that Mr. Trump needs to think besides the wall, how is he going to keep all of these people out of the country?" Jacobson said. 

Regardless of who takes the Oval Office, Jacobson says the citizenship certificate is her key to happiness and freedom.