First Lady Jill Biden attended the naturalization ceremony on Monday, this time in honor of the unions at Cesar E. Chavez National Monument and returned to Khan County with a message of solidarity with national immigrants. Keane.
Almost a year after talking at UFW’s historic home in Delano, Biden said, “Anything is possible in the United States,” the values that Italian-born great-grandparents brought across the Atlantic.
“Each of us builds our country and reshapes it in different ways, big and small,” she told the audience. Included 31 newly sworn migrants from 9 countries. our. “
Biden opened in honor of Madeleine Albright, a Czechoslovak immigrant who died Wednesday after becoming the first woman to serve as US Secretary of State. Biden also paid tribute to UFW President Teresa Romero. National labor union.
“Teresa, with your leadership, trade unions will continue to be the voice of justice and humanity for the hard-working Americans who put food on our table,” Biden said.
When Chavez spoke at Villa Lapas, where he spent his last years in the Tehachapi Mountains east of Bakersfield, the first woman spoke directly to the latest American citizens in the room, who traveled and waited for miles. He said he understands the American dream better than most people, and for years he was sacrificed to live a new life in the United States.
“We are delighted to welcome you today and we are proud to welcome our compatriots and women,” she said.
The event, albeit on a small scale, attracted a great deal of attention from high-ranking officials from the news media throughout the region. Among the speakers on Monday was Paul Chavez, President of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, who called on civil migrants to interact with the community. A wider audience to celebrate diversity rather than fear it.
Romero gave a brief presentation and remembered coming to the United States in her twenties after growing up in Mexico as the granddaughter of an indigenous woman.
She couldn’t speak or understand English, so she studied half a dozen words every day and watched mainstream television to improve her language skills. She called UFW co-founder César Chávez and she said she was irreversible once social change began.
“If he were here today, Cesar Chavez would tell us,’You can do anything,'” Romero said.
Almost a year ago, on March 31, Biden spoke on 40 acres in Delano, stating that she and her husband continued to be inspired by Chavez’s service on behalf of “almost invisible” people.
On Monday, Biden said she was happy to be back in California and was honored to have a member of the Chavez family.
Also on Monday, Ur Jaddou, Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Department, took an oath of citizenship to 31 people gathered for naturalization.
Jaddou called on them to join a new country through running for school, local government, armed services, entrepreneurship, or public office.
“Today is the beginning of your new story,” she said, “a new challenge.”