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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Woodall Speaks at Atlanta Naturalization Ceremony

August 9, 2013
Press Release

On Friday morning, America welcomed its newest class of U.S. citizens. In a ceremony led by the Honorable Thomas W. Thrash, U.S. District Court Judge, more than 150 new citizens hailing from more than 50 different countries swore allegiance to America and were naturalized.  Congressman Rob Woodall gave the keynote address.

Woodall stated, “I have always wanted to participate in a naturalization ceremony, and the ceremony today was every bit as meaningful as I had hoped.  The magnitude of what is happening in the lives of these families cannot be overstated.  They have worked so hard and for so long to earn their citizenship.  For some of these new citizens, today is the culmination of more than 20 years of working, waiting in line, and praying.  As someone who was simply born with U.S. citizenship, I am humbled by their commitment to achieving this goal.  When we say, ‘Proud to be an American,’ I can tell you that we are describing this room full of new Americans today, and you and I can be proud to call them our fellow countrymen.”

In his two years of service, Woodall has met with many first generation citizens who have shared their special oath experience and that of their families.  He sought out the opportunity to participate in this unique American tradition.  His speech to the new citizens focused on the responsibility of American citizenship and the importance of safeguarding freedom and opportunity for the next generation.

“As we watch the immigration debate waged in the media, it is easy to forget the folks like the ones who swore their oath today—families who have waited, sacrificed, and fulfilled every statutory requirement we placed upon them. They made the difficult journey because to them the American dream is worth all of the effort.  Witnessing today’s ceremony and these proud new American’s certainly refocuses me on the most important two truths of the immigration debate in Washington:  first, America is a nation of immigrants; and second, America is a nation of laws.  Unfairly, many say that these principles are in conflict.  Quite the opposite, standing in a room of new Americans today, I can see clearly that these principles are today—as they have always been throughout the history of America—in perfect concert.  May God continue to bless America and all of her citizens.”

Woodall represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District which includes the majority of residents in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.