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19 February 2015

Lunar New Year Greetings from USCIS

(By Juliet K. Choi, USCIS Chief of Staff)

On behalf of Director León Rodríguez  and all the staff of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), I extend my very sincere wishes to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year – the year of the goat, sheep or ram – particularly those in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

The AAPI community is as great and strong as it is diverse, including recent immigrants and refugees to those who have been here for generations.  AAPIs literally helped build this great nation, working to connect the East Coast and the West Coast through the transcontinental railroad.  Like all immigrant communities, AAPIs are business owners, innovators, students, public servants and service members.  And many will be celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Lunar New Year celebrations across the country remind us that we are a nation that has benefited from our diverse cultures, languages and backgrounds.  While we may have different stories and journeys, we are united in the belief that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to get ahead.  All of us, from those that have been here for generations to those that immigrated recently, seek to create better opportunities for our families, children, and loved ones.

Values such as integrity, respect, ingenuity and vigilance are core to the work we do every day.  As part of our commitment to the AAPI community, and as part of the President’s Task Force on New Americans, we are working to better integrate new Americans and support state and local efforts to do the same.  We were excited to offer recent stakeholder engagements in Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese to better reach our underserved and limited English proficient customers. We believe everyone deserves access to the information and pathways that will fulfill their dream of becoming an American. We look forward to continuing to engage with you at future stakeholder events.

So as we mark the Lunar New Year, we at USCIS wish those celebrating – and their loved ones – peace, prosperity, and good health.


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