Joe Biden celebrates new citizens as US begins naturalization effort

Joe Biden celebrates new citizens as US begins naturalization effort

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden celebrated new American citizens at an event at the White House on Friday, the same day his administration rolled out a government-wide strategy to encourage more immigrants to become citizens.
“It is the dreams of immigrants like you who built America and continue to inject new energy, new vitality, new vigor,” Biden said in the East Room, choosing the United States as his home at 21. Natural thanks to the Americans.
“We have seen that most clearly during this pandemic, with immigrants as frontline workers and as scientists and researchers on the front lines of finding vaccines,” he said at the ceremony with the group, who were from 16 countries. And this included many members of the US military.
Under a plan released Friday by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), US border officials could be asked to hand over naturalization information to permanent residents entering ports of entry.
The strategy to encourage citizenship, called for by Biden in February’s executive order, contrasts with former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reduce both legal and illegal immigration to the United States.
Another proposal from USCIS suggests that the US Postal Service create new stamps that highlight the contributions of naturalized citizens and celebrate citizenship more broadly.
Biden’s immigration bill, issued earlier this year, would provide a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the United States. However, the bill has failed to gain traction in Congress.
Biden, who proudly notes that he is descended from Irish immigrants, now supports a narrow set of initiatives that enjoy more bipartisan support, including addressing the situation of those brought into the country as children. .
“We need an immigration system that reflects our values ​​and follows our laws,” Biden said at the event. “We can do both.”

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