E Pluribus Unum – Five Years Later

Posted on June 6, 2023

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

-Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus

Today marks a significant milestone as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of my citizenship ceremony. This occasion not only symbolizes a personal triumph but it also highlights the broader theme of immigration from Germany and the role it plays in shaping our society.

Immigration has long been an integral part of our nation’s fabric, enriching our culture, diversity, and the essence of being American. With its rich history, vibrant traditions, and remarkable contributions to various fields, Germany has been a significant source of immigration to our shores. Individuals like myself, who have chosen to call this great nation home, have brought with them a wealth of knowledge, skills, and perspectives that have helped build a stronger and more inclusive society.

Becoming a citizen has filled me with hope, determination, and deep gratitude. It represents a commitment to our shared values and a recognition of the opportunities this country affords those seeking a better life. As we reflect on the past five years, let us recognize the immense contributions made by German immigrants and their descendants in various sectors such as science, technology, arts, and entrepreneurship. Their indomitable spirit and tireless efforts have undoubtedly played a crucial role in shaping the vibrant tapestry of our nation.

However, as we commemorate this milestone, we must acknowledge the broader context in which our celebration occurs. The upcoming election looms large on the horizon, allowing us to shape our country’s future direction. In this crucial moment, let us exercise our democratic rights responsibly and thoughtfully.

The upcoming election offers us a chance to consider policies and candidates that uphold the values of inclusivity, fairness, and compassion toward immigrants. It is imperative to elect leaders who recognize immigrants’ immense contributions to our nation’s progress and are committed to preserving and strengthening the fabric of our multicultural society. We must seek individuals who understand the importance of comprehensive immigration reform, which promotes fairness, protects human rights, and fosters economic growth.

So let us recommit ourselves to the principles that have defined our nation for centuries – liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness for all who call America home. Together, we can build a future that honors our diverse heritage, celebrates the achievements of all citizens, and continues to be a beacon of hope for those who dream of a better life.

Thank you all for acknowledging this joyous occasion, and let us embrace the fifth anniversary of my citizenship ceremony with hope, unity, and a renewed sense of purpose.

God bless America.

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