Thank you for that kind introduction, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez. And thank you, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, for your wonderful remarks and for your extraordinary service at the helm of our Civil Rights Division. I am so thrilled to welcome so many Justice Department colleagues and honored guests to the Great Hall. And I want to extend my warmest welcome to all of you, our newest American citizens. It is a true honor to be among the first to congratulate you on taking the oath of allegiance. You come to us from 40 nations around the world, from Sierra Leone to South Korea, from Pakistan to Portugal, from Mexico to Malaysia. You come to us with hopes and dreams as diverse as the paths you took to get here: hopes for economic and professional possibility, dreams of a better life for your children and expectations about the freedoms and privileges of citizenship. And in turn, we look to you with gratitude. We are so glad you are here. In joining us, you sustain one of the richest traditions of our nation, which is indeed a nation of immigrants.


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