The former First Lady Melania Trump made a rare public appearance on Friday, delivering a powerful speech about becoming an American citizen.
Melania Gives Rare Speech
While speaking to 25 newly naturalized citizens at the National Archives Naturalization Ceremony in Washington D.C. on Friday, Melania said that the path to becoming a U.S. citizen is “arduous.” Melania, who was born in Slovenia, recalled that she felt a “tremendous sense of pride and belonging” when she became an American citizen in 2006.
“For me, reaching the milestone of American citizenship marked the sunrise of certainty,” she said, according to The Hill. “At that exact moment, I forever discarded the layer of burden connected with whether I would be able to live in the United States. I hope you’re blanketed with similar feelings of comfort right now.”
After being born and raised in Slovenia, Melania moved to New York City to model back in 1996, and she immediately fell in love with this country and everything it has to offer. She started researching and visiting embassies “with a goal of securing a worker visa,” but she quickly found the immigration process to be challenging.
“My personal experience of traversing the challenges of the immigration process opened my eyes to the harsh realities these people face, including you, who try to become U.S. citizens,” she said.
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Melania Becomes A Citizen
While Melania was “devoted” to the process, she admitted that she was “certainly was not an attorney,” so she considered herself “fortunate” to have the opportunity to receive legal counsel. In 2001, Melania was able to receive a green card through the elite EB-1 program, nicknamed the “Einstein visa,” which is for people with “extraordinary ability.”
Melania concluded her speech by applauding the 25 new American citizens as she stood next to the Declaration of Independence.
“Becoming an American citizen comes with responsibility, it means actively participating in the democratic process and guarding our freedom,” she told them. “It also means leading by example and contributing to our society. It is a life altering experience that takes time, determination and sometimes, even tremendous strength.”
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Melania Supporting Her Husband In 2024
Melania previously told Fox News that she supports her husband Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, saying that she is looking forward to “restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength” if she makes it to the White House once again in 2024.
If she does have the “the privilege” to be First Lady for a second time, Melania plans to once again focus on children in her quest to ensure that they have the “support and resources they need to reach their full potential.”
Back in September, Donald told NBC News that Melania would be on the campaign trail with him “pretty soon.”
“She’s a private person, a great person, a very confident person and she loves our country very much,” he said at the time. “And honestly, I like to keep her away from it. It’s so nasty and so mean.”
Melania was a truly incredible First Lady, and there are millions of Americanas who would love to see her back in the White House. What do you think about the speech that she gave today? Let us know in the comments section.
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Author: James Conrad