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105 immigrants raise their right hands and take the Oath of Allegiance on November 10, administered by Lynnette Kimmins, Magistrate of the United States District Court of Arizona.

Mayor Regina Romero welcomed 105 new U.S. citizens to the country on Nov. 10 with personal family stories as President Joe Biden delivered an inspirational video message.

The citizenship ceremony of the United States of America Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona was held by Magistrate Judge Lynnette C. Kimmins at the Pima Air and Space Museum in honor of Veterans Day.

“Welcome my fellow Americans, first of all I want to thank you for choosing us and believing that America is worthy of your aspirations,” Biden said via video.

“Each immigrant comes to America for different circumstances and reasons, but you all have one thing in common: courage. The courage it takes to sacrifice and make this journey, the courage to leave your home, your life and your loved ones, and come to a nation that is more than just a place, but rather an idea, an idea where everyone is created equal and deserves to be treated equally.”

Biden told the audience that America can be defined with one word: possibilities.

“Today you have earned a new title, equivalent to that of an American president,” Biden said. “A title of which I am most proud, citizen, citizen of the United States of America. I look forward to standing beside you as you embrace your new rights and responsibilities, as you build your life, your legacy here, as generations before you have done in this great nation of immigrants. Welcome my friends, welcome my compatriots, welcome. May God bless you all and may God bless the United States of America.”

The citizens were born in 25 countries: Armenia, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Congo (Kinshasa), Czech Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Guyana, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, South Korea, Mexico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom and Venezuela.

“It’s an honor to be here with all of you today,” Romero said. “I would first like to start by thanking (Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum) Scott Marchand for welcoming us to this beautiful historic site that holds so much value to the city of Tucson and our residents.”

Romero asked for credit for the original stewards of the Sonoran Desert; the nations of the original people, the Tohono O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui tribes.

“Really, in reality we are all immigrants,” Romero said. “Today you took the same oath, you became American citizens. Take this oath of citizenship with all the rights, responsibilities and privileges that come with it. It’s what brings us all together.”

The mayor also thanked Kimmins for presiding over the naturalization and took the oath. Romero told the new American citizens about her immigrant family.

“I am a proud daughter of immigrant farm-working parents,” she said. “Although my family has lived in the Sonoran Desert for over six generations, I was the first person in my family to be born on the US side of the border.”

Of her parents, Romero said she was taught to respect the country, to work hard, to value her education, and to “always exercise my right to vote”.

She told her fellow citizens that everyone is struggling, but so many possibilities and opportunities await them.

“As a young girl, I never imagined I would become the first female mayor of the city of Tucson.” Romero said. “I have always believed in our democracy and public service. I love being able to serve the people of Tucson, Arizona.”

Faced with challenges and struggles, Romero told the new citizens to “remember this environment, this place, this day and the faces around you”.

“It will be our job to work together to perfect our democracy,” she added. “That is the essence of citizenship. Participate in our democracy.”

Romero said the United States needs each of them “… to create the best United States we can be.

“The place where you and your family will grow and prosper. We need your leadership, your creativity, your problem solving skills, your heart, your voice. We need your ideas and insights, we need your courage… We are one, Somos uno.”

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