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Pelosi to Newest Americans: 'You Exemplify What Our Great Nation is All About'

San Francisco - On Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi hosted a citizenship workshop in San Francisco, which provided free assistance to individuals who are eligible to apply for American citizenship.  Below are her opening remarks:

'Good morning, and welcome to our Second Annual District Citizenship Workshop.  This event is about lending a hand to those who seek to become part of the beautiful mosaic that is America.  I am honored to be a part of it.

'Those here today - who will become the newest Americans - exemplify what our great nation is all about.  You have brought your hopes and dreams to a land where hopes and dreams can come true.  I am proud to help you on your way to becoming American citizens.

'Your participation is part of a historic wave in citizenship registration.  Applications for citizenship are up 60 percent over the same period last year, according to a recent story in The Los Angeles Times.  That is a reflection of the fact that hard-working immigrants continue to look to America for greater freedom and new opportunities.

'This event provides a clear contrast between our vision of the future and that of Republicans in Washington.

'While Democrats support bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that will keep America safe and unite families, Republicans resorted to obstruction.  In contrast, Democrats will continue to move in a New Direction with strong border security, effective law enforcement, comprehensive immigration reform, and the full implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations.

'Today's event makes clear that America gains strength from its newest citizens and comprehensive immigration reform will ensure that America keeps growing stronger.'