Frank Islam made the comment throughout a ceremony the place 200 international nationals took oath of citizenship.
Washington: An eminent Indian-American philanthropist has described immigrants as “the way forward for america”, which he stated, is a nation of inclusion, openness, alternative, democracy and freedom.
Frank Islam made these remarks throughout a ceremony the place some 200 international nationals took the oath of citizenship.
Islam borrowed a quote from Former President John F.
Kennedy: In a democracy, each citizen no matter his curiosity in politics or holds workplace, each considered one of us is able of duty. The sort of authorities we get relies on how we fulfill these duties.
“I ask you to meet these duties by being a 21st Century Citizen,” he stated throughout his speech on the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston on Thursday.
On the age of 16, Frank Islam left his household and associates in India with simply USD 35 to pursue his life-long dream of proudly owning a enterprise. He went on to grow to be founder and CEO of an organization value greater than USD 300 million. Islam turned a citizen in 1980, however he by no means attended a naturalization ceremony, stated a media launch issued by the presidential library.
“My story reaffirms the notion that America is a land of alternative. It additionally exhibits that America is a nation of inclusion, openness, alternative, democracy, and freedom. All of us can proudly and really embrace these values and qualities of America,” he stated.
“As immigrants and the way forward for America, I do know that you’ll make nice contributions to make sure that dream is even stronger and higher for the residents of this immigrant nation…I’m extraordinarily optimistic about the way forward for America due to the braveness, tenacity and indomitable spirit of my fellow immigrants,” Islam stated.
Noting that over the previous few years, there have been numerous complaints relating to the nation’s politicians, and the federal government, he stated a few of that criticism is “warranted”.
“However, we should keep in mind that america is a consultant democracy. On the finish of the day, we get the politicians and the federal government we deserve,” he stated.
“If we do not like issues on this nice democracy of ours, we will change them. That’s our proper and duty as residents,” Islam stated.