Obama says US is ‘born of immigrants’ in speech at citizenship ceremony

The Guardian | Dec 15, 2015

The president spoke Tuesday as 31 people from 25 different countries were sworn in as American citizens at the National Archives in Washington.

Muhanned Ibrahim Al Naib woke up on Tuesday morning to a surprise. The Iraqi refugee knew this was the day he would finally realise his dream of becoming a US citizen. He did not realise, until he checked his email, that he would be personally welcomed by the president.

“This means everything,” the 42-year-old said after a naturalisation ceremony at the National Archives in Washington. “I’ll have an American passport, I’ll have the strongest country in the world backing me up, whatever I do, wherever I go, so that’s a big step: a life-changing experience for me.”

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Author: UI