January 1, 2016: Remembering One's Immigrant History

At a recent naturalization ceremony Obama gave a speech warning Americans - not to forget their immigrant past. Today many people are opposed to integrating with immigrants; significantly due to fear and hate. We still fail to realize at one point or another, we were all immigrants.

The country an individual originated from doesn’t represent who that person is entirely, especially not the stigmas. America has always been known as the melting pot; in order to continue this great movement of integration we have to embrace new citizens along the way.

There were new individuals from 25 nations who became citizens at the ceremony. Three of them whom proved to be more than worthy of citizenship, ranging from receiving political asylum and one who’s from Iraq that assisted the U.S. forces. Hundreds of thousands of people become naturalized citizens each year and hopefully a million next year. 

In closing, as Obama stated, “If we want to keep attracting the best and the brightest, the smartest and the most selfless the world has to offer, then we have to keep this in mind: the value of our immigrants to our way of life. It is central to who we are. It’s in our DNA. It’s part of our creed.”

We all deserve a chance to embrace the American dream, no matter where we migrated from.