U.S. Attorney Alicia A.G. Limtiaco Keynote Speaker At Naturalization Ceremony In CNMI
United States Attorney ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (NMI), was invited by the Honorable Ramona V. Manglona, Chief Judge of the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands, to be the keynote speaker at the Naturalization Ceremony held on April 22, 2013, in the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands, in Saipan. Fifteen (15) individuals from several countries, including the Philippines and Thailand, were newly sworn as United States citizens. The Naturalization Ceremony was held as part of the events to commemorate Law Week 2013.
U.S. Attorney Limtiaco, in her address and congratulatory remarks to the newly sworn United States citizens, stated, "... the year 2013 signifies the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called upon our country to live up to our promise of equality for all. The United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, works to uphold and protect the civil rights and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly of the most vulnerable members of our society. It enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin, race, color, sex, disability, religion, and familial status."
"Justice is only served when it is practiced fairly and evenhandedly. Citizens need to know that they will be afforded justice without distinction as to national original, race, color creed, gender or status; and that the same rules apply for every citizen no matter of stature or influence in the community. We must continue to draw strength from our diversity as a nation, including those of different races, ethnicities, cultures and religions, as it is our diversity as a people and the strength that we gain from it that contributes to our resiliency as a nation during our most challenging times," said U.S. Attorney Limtiaco.