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tv   President Biden Holds Naturalization Ceremony at White House  CSPAN  July 2, 2021 2:52pm-3:24pm EDT

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it would be to change their mind, to get them to accept himself, to get them to love themselves, not make permanent alterations. i think pete buttigieg is being extremely disingenuous, and his movement is going to cause a lot of harm. i tell people that in five to 10 years when all of these little kids who have been rushed into thes
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♪ ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the national anthem
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performed by petty officer first class stanley quintana of the navy. >> ♪ [singing the national anthem]
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[applause] >> thank you. that was a beautiful rendition. good afternoon everyone. my name is tracy burnell and i and the acting director of u.s. citizens are -- citizenship and
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immigration. it is an honor to welcome you as new citizens to the united states. i want to thank president biden and secretary alejandra mayorkas of the department of the department of homeland security for joining us. before i begin, can the audience be seated. candidates, when you hear your country of nationality, please stand and remain standing. afghanistan. canada. china. columbia. egypt. el salvador. ethiopia. ghana. india. iraq. nepal. new zealand.
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panama. philippines. south korea. and, the united kingdom. did i miss you? sec. mayorkas i present 21 candidates representing 16 countries who have all applied to be citizens of the u.s.. each candidate has been interviewed by officer -- by an officer and exhibited the ability to read, write, and speak words in the english thing which. each has deb -- in the english language. each has demonstrated knowledge of the history and form of government of the united states. secretary may orchids, i recommend these candidates meet -- sec. mayorkas, i recommend these candidates by -- be
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administered the oath of allegiance, thereby admitting them to the united states. >> please raise your right hand as we swear the oath of allegiance. please, repeat after me. i hereby declare on oath that i absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty of whom or which i have heretofore been a subject or citizen, that i will support and defend the constitution and laws
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of the united states of america against all enemies foreign and domestic, that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same , then i will bear arms on behalf of of the united states when required by the law. that i will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the united states when required by the law, that i will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when
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required by the law, and, i take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, so help me god. congratulations. [applause] my fellow citizens of the united states, please be seated. my parents brought me to this country in 1960. we were political refugees, having fled the communist takeover of cuba.
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the second time in my mother's life that she was a refugee. in 1941, after losing her grandparents, her uncles, and an aunt, she and her parents escaped the nazis and arrived in cuba. from profound loss, my mother told her philosophy of personal strengths, growth, and hope. it was straightforward. every day, is a new life. the events of the day can transform us, we are, and the paths we want started. thus, with each new day, we have the opportunity and the obligation to make a better tomorrow. we can must make ourselves better than today, each day.
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our country gives us this opportunity. we can view each day of our country in the same way. today, our nation is better than it was yesterday. it is better today in part because we have you citizens. each of you strengthens with power and responsibility that your american citizenship brings and all of us as a result. our country is also better today because it's identity and it's fabric is a nation of immigrants and is stronger because of you. and what of tomorrow? how as a country will we be better tomorrow than today? what is possible for us? no one believes in and speaks more passionately of us as a
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country of possibilities that our president. i, a naturalized united states citizen like you, have the honor of a lifetime to serve in the president's cabinet and introduce them to you now. please join me in welcoming joe biden the 46 president of the united states of america. [applause] president biden: thank you mr. secretary. please be seated. before i begin, are there any family of the people who just got sworn in here today? stand up. congratulations. it is a good day, isn't it? by the way, if you are around
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sunday we will do some fireworks for the fourth of july, our independence day. mr. secretary, thank you for administering the oath. i know how meaningful this day is to you personally and professionally. i think you and the director of u.s. citizenship and immigration services
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one of those officers as citizens. i thought to myself, what an incredible justification for all of the things that saddam did not believe in. there were a number there who had one silver star.
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one silver star. bronze stars, service levels, purple hearts. i got to swear them in. in the palace of a dictator. also our health care workers and frontline workers went beyond the call in the fight against covid. they did so in hospitals, clinics, and in the national institute of health. i want to thank you all for risking your lives to help keep the country going. joining you today are your families. i want you to know and understand that this is your day as well.
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i can only imagine the part you feel. -- the pride you feel. pride in who you are and where you come from and the lives you have built as americans and the communities that make you stronger, make us stronger. all of you represent how immigration have always been essential to america. we are going to build the economy back better. to do that, we need to fix our immigration system. i have kept my commitment to senate immigration reform. it includes smarter border security and a pathway to citizenship for 11 million. that undocumented people in america. -- for 11 million undocumented
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people in america. i sent president harris to find out what people are migrating in the first place, the violence, the corruption, the gangs. i want to make it clear that we can work together for a pathway to citizenship for dreamers, young people who have only known america as their home, pathway for immigrants who came from countries beset by violence and disaster. and, a pathway for farmworkers who are your putting food on our tables -- you are here putting food -- two -- arew putting food on our tables. we needed immigration system that upholds our values and reflex are lost. weho and reflects our -- and
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reflect our laws. no matter where you come from, one basic act of respect is inviting others into your home. as we close out immigration heritage month and start our fourth of july weekend, i can think of no will -- no better way to honor each occasion that by welcoming you all to the white house. the people cells. -- the people's house, i might add, designed by an irishman. for real. in a nation shaped, i look forward to embracing your new rights as american citizens as generations have done before you. welcome, my fellow americans. before we take the pledge of allegiance together, i would
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like to invite one guest, please come up on stage. [applause] sondra emigrated to queens new york from jamaicans -- tomato when she was 18. over the past 30 years, she has pursued her dream of becoming a nurse. it has allowed her to do what you want to do that's what she wanted -- it has allowed her to do what she wanted to do most, she earned a bachelors degree, a masters degree, a doctorate degree, and, her citizenship. now, she is director of nursing for a critical-care hospital on long island. during the height of the pandemic, she poured her heart
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and soul into the work to help patients fight for their lives and keep fellow americans safe. where grandson was worn prematurely -- was born prematurely, she kept her distance and kept them safe. through her pain, she did not lose hope. when the time came, she was the first person in america to get fully vaccinated outside of clinical trials. she can now hug her grandson. she is out there making sure her patients" in her community are getting vaccinated so they can get back to their lives -- her patients and folks in our community are getting vaccinated so they can get back to their lives. nurses and doctors let you live, make you want to live, for real.
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her vaccination card, hospital scrubs, and the badges she wore will be included in the smithsonian natural history museum exhibit on covid-19. [applause] today, she is receiving the u.s. citizenship and immigration services outstanding american by choice recognition which recognizes naturalized citizens who have made significant contributions to our country through civic participation, professional achievement, and responsible citizenship. sondra, thank you for recommending -- representing the very best of all of us. thank you all in this room. thank you again. this is america. happy fourth of july. may god bless you all.
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may god protect our troops. thank you. [applause] >> it is now my pleasure to call to the lectern a new united states citizen to lead us in the pledge of allegiance.
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>> i'd like to legion flag -- i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with with liberty and justice for all. >> ladies and gentlemen, that concludes our ceremony. please remain in your seats. thank you. ♪
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>> the country added about 800 thousand job last month.
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-- 850,000 jobs last month, even so, the unemployment rate went from 5.8% to 5.9%. employers are offering higher pay, along with signing and retention bonuses. overall, the country is still down nearly 7 million jobs due to the pandemic. before covid, the jobless rate was around 3.5%. >> which presidents ranked best to worst? join us sunday, july 4, live, on washington journal for a conversation about c-span's 2021 historical survey of presidential leadership with advisors giving insight on the newest rankings. we will discuss it was up and down and where the most recent presidents reagan more. join in on the conversation with historian douglas brinkley, preceptor -- professor of
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history at rice university. richard norton smith, presidential biographer, and the chair of the calvin coolidge presidential foundation. watch washington journal life sunday, july 4. before the program, go to c-span.org/president survey 20 want to see the full results of the 2021 survey. >> we want to take time, however, to tell you about our survey. since the year 2000, every time there has been a change in administration we have asked historians and professional observers of the president to participate in a survey of presidential leadership. this morning, we are releasing the results of our fourth survey. here to tell us more is c-span's project coordinator, rachel katz. let's start with what exactly is is

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