"I felt like I was already an American. I've lived here longer than I have in India."
Anada said of her six siblings, five came to the United States. Her oldest sister remained in India.
She was 21 and had just finished college when she came to live in America. With the sponsorship of her older brother, who lived in Gaithersburg, Md., at the time, she obtained a green card. She said the process is harder now to get a green card than it was in 1974 when hers was issued.
Her husband, Harish, came to this country in 1972 and was naturalized in the early 80s, she said. The couple met after she came to America. They fell in love and returned to their native India to marry.
They now have two grown children, a daughter who lives in Puerto Rico and is getting married in March, and a son who is working as an attorney in New Orleans. She said her children, who were born in America, also pushed her to go forward to get her citizenship.
She said she passed the citizenship test with a perfect score. She remembered much of the material on the test from helping her children with their American history homework when they were young.
Still, the ceremony was bittersweet for Anada, as her older brother who initially sponsored her died just last week after a battle with cancer.
"He never got to see me naturalized," she said. "He did so much for all of us."
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin spoke at Monday's ceremony and emphasized the importance of immigrants throughout America's history.
"We are a nation of immigrants. Unless you are one of the first Americans, the Native Americans, we all are descended from folks who come from somewhere else," he said.
Goodwin pointed out that the children of immigrants signed the Declaration of Independence and built the country's railroads. The soldiers who fought for America's freedom throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries all came from family trees rooted in other countries' soils.
"It's who we are. And now all of you get to write the next chapter," he said.
While Goodwin did not touch on the immigration debates churning in Washington, he echoed the president's remarks in Nevada.
"Immigration makes America stronger. Immigration positions America to lead in the 21st century," he said. "You are a testimony to that.
"You're one of the reasons why America is . . . always confident our best days are yet to come."
Writer Ashley B. Craig contributed to this report.