U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland swore in 200 new American citizens from Ellis Island’s Great Hall on Saturday morning, signaling a strong show of support from the Biden administration as New York City contends with an influx of migrants testing its resolve to provide a safe haven for all who seek it.
“Just now, each of you took an oath of allegiance to the United States,” he said. “In so doing, you took your place alongside generations who came before you, many through this very building, seeking protection, freedom, and opportunity. This country — your country — wholeheartedly welcomes you.”
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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland swore in 200 new U.S. citizens from Ellis Island’s Great Hall on Saturday morning, signaling a show of support from the Biden administration as New York City contends with an influx of migrants and asylum seekers. https://t.co/zfO4qD8r54
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) September 18, 2022
An emotional Attorney General Merrick Garland addressed new citizens Saturday at Ellis Island and warned that the U.S. had become dangerously divided by political factionalism. He said the rule of law “is fragile, it demands constant effort and vigilance.” https://t.co/aZw5xYxow1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 17, 2022
In the 235 years since our Constitution’s signing, America has welcomed generations of immigrants searching for hope and a renewed future. Today, on #CitizenshipDay, I welcomed 200 new Americans at Ellis Island with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and @NatlParkService. pic.twitter.com/YyqJikG8G8
— Ur M. Jaddou (@USCISDirector) September 17, 2022
“The responsibility to ensure the rule of law is and has been the duty of every generation in our country’s history,” Garland told new citizens at Ellis Island. “It is now your duty as well. It is one that is especially urgent today at a time of intense polarization in America.” pic.twitter.com/jjE5GN6DB5
— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) September 17, 2022
anyone who hasn’t visited Ellis Island should go there. it’s a powerful experience to walk through its rooms and imagine what it must have been like to come to the US for the first time https://t.co/e371KI3UaJ
— Andrew Giambrone (@AndrewGiambrone) September 17, 2022