New York - American President Barack Obama gave a touching speech about the importance of immigrants in America during a naturalization ceremony on December 15, at the National Archives in Washington D.C.
New York – American President Barack Obama gave a touching speech about the importance of immigrants in America during a naturalization ceremony on December 15, at the National Archives in Washington D.C.
The U.S. President, who was speaking during the ceremony marking the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, recalled how America is a country populated by immigrants and is the quality that makes it exceptional.
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“There’s something unique about America. We don’t simply welcome new immigrants, we don’t simply welcome new arrivals — we are born of immigrants. That is who we are. Immigration is our origin story,” Obama said.
“For more than two centuries, it’s remained at the core of our national character; it’s our oldest tradition. It’s who we are. It’s part of what makes us exceptional,” he added.
President Obama reminded Americans that the U.S. is a melting pot where people have come from every corner of the world seeking a better life.
“After all, unless your family is native American, one of the first Americans, our families, all of our families, come from the someplace else,” he highlighted.
“The first refugees were the pilgrims themselves, fleeing religious persecution, crossing the stormy Atlantic to reach a new world where they might live and pray freely,” he said.
The American leader believes Americans must remember where they came from as a way to foster tolerance and understand that immigrants are a crucial part of the U.S.
“How quickly we forget. One generation passes, two generation passes, and suddenly we don’t remember where we came from,” Obama said.
“We can never say it often or loudly enough. Immigrants and refugees revitalize and renew America,” he concluded.
President Obama’s compelling speech went viral on social media with thousands of people from different countries praising his reassuring message.