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Biden thanks newly naturalized residents for ‘believing that America is worthy of your aspirations’


“The concept now we have as a nation, and we will outline America in a single phrase: potentialities,” President Biden says. “Prospects. Since its founding, that very concept has been nurtured, enriched, and superior by the contributions, sacrifices, and goals of immigrants such as you and immigrants like my very own ancestors from Eire, like generations of our fellow People.”

“Right now you’ve got earned a brand new title equal to that of an American president, the title I am most pleased with: citizen. Citizen of america of America. I stay up for standing with you as you embrace your new rights and tasks, as you construct your lives and legacies right here like generations have executed earlier than you on this nice nation of immigrants.”

“So welcome my buddies, welcome my fellow People, welcome,” he continued. “Might God bless you all, and will God bless america of America.”

The AP experiences that presidents have generally recorded a video to be performed following naturalization ceremonies, although it has not been performed in more moderen ceremonies which were affected as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic. “The White Home and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies launched the video publicly in order that it may be considered by new residents and the general public from residence,” the report mentioned.

That report famous the earlier president recorded a video as effectively—and did so while implementing policies attacking legal immigration. Final month, Biden revoked that president’s inexperienced card ban, saying in a proclamation that the earlier administration’s coverage did “not advance the pursuits of america.”

“On the contrary, it harms america, together with by stopping sure members of the family of United States residents and lawful everlasting residents from becoming a member of their households right here,” the assertion continued.

USCIS itself has been by way of a tumultuous few years (to say the least), and particularly under the watch of unlawfully appointed appearing director and anti-immigrant loudmouth Ken Cuccinelli. Then in truly one of the grotesque and surreal moments from that presidency (and there have been loads), a naturalization ceremony filmed on the White Home was used as a part of the Republican Nationwide Conference. Two of the naturalized residents would later say they’d no concept that was going to occur.

In a statement, America’s Voice government director Frank Sharry mentioned Biden’s video, as well as his immigration overhaul plan, “provides hope that we’re prepared to maneuver nearer to an America worthy of immigrants’ aspirations and the welcoming nation we aspire to be.”

“All through our historical past, America has been a magnet for the individuals from each nook of the world. Immigrants and refugees have made America a greater place and stronger nation at each stage of our nation’s growth,” Sharry continued. “Those that need to preserve out and kick out immigrants and refugees undermine the very definition of America as a hopeful, proud and assured nation. It’s time to dwell true to our beliefs, transfer ahead with a can-do spirit, and get large issues executed.”