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2018.FEB.23 : US Agency Changes ‘Nation of Immigrants’ Mission Statement
N A SD
US
ʌs
 
N S
Agency
ˈeɪʤənsi
 
NV
Changes
ˈʧeɪnʤəz
ˈʧeɪnʤɪz
N R SD
'Nation
ˈneɪʃən
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N
Immigrants'
ˈɪməgrənts
 
NVA D
Mission
ˈmɪʃən
 
NV
Statement.
ˈsteɪtmənt
 
 
US Agency Changes ‘Nation of Immigrants' Mission Statement.


R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
VA
United
juˈnaɪtəd
juˈnaɪtɪd
NV
States
steɪts
 
N SD
government
ˈgʌvərmənt
ˈgʌvərnmənt
N S
agency
ˈeɪʤənsi
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
V
oversees
ˈoʊvərˌsiz
 
N
immigration
ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən
 
VA D
has
hæz
 
V
changed
ʧeɪnʤd
 
N A D
its
ɪts
 
NVA D
mission
ˈmɪʃən
 
NV
statement.
ˈsteɪtmənt
 
 
The United States government agency that oversees immigration has changed its mission statement.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NVAR SD
new
nu
nju
NV S
version
ˈvɜrʒən
 
N AR SD
no
noʊ
 
N AR D
longer
ˈlɔŋgər
 
V
describes
dɪˈskraɪbz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
 
U.
ju
 
 
S.
ɛs
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
 
a
ə
N R SD
"nation
ˈneɪʃən
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N
immigrants.
ˈɪməgrənts
 
 
"
 
 
 
The new version no longer describes the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants.”
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
N
director
dəˈrɛktər
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
 
U.
ju
 
 
S.
ɛs
 
N D
Citizenship
ˈsɪtɪzənˌʃɪp
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
N
Immigration
ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən
 
NV
Services,
ˈsɜrvəsəz
ˈsɜrvɪsɪz
 
L.
ɛl
 
N
Francis
ˈfrænsəs
ˈfrænsɪs
 
Cissna,
 
 
V
wrote
roʊt
 
N A JP D
an
ən
 
NV
email
iˈmeɪl
 
AR PSD
about
əˈbaʊt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
change
ʧeɪnʤ
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
 
USCIS
 
 
N
employees
ɛmˈplɔɪiz
ɪmˈplɔɪiz
NVAR PSD
on
ɑn(ɔn)
 
N AR
Thursday.
ˈθɜrzˌdeɪ
ˈθɜrzdi
 
The director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, L. Francis Cissna, wrote an email about the change to USCIS employees on Thursday.
 
A
ə
NV SD
letter
ˈlɛtər
 
AR PSD
about
əˈbaʊt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
change
ʧeɪnʤ
 
A PSD
from
frʌm
frɑm
 
Cissna
 
 
NV
is
ɪz
 
RJ SD
also
ˈɔlsoʊ
 
V
published
ˈpʌblɪʃt
 
NVAR PSD
on
ɑn(ɔn)
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N S
agency's
ˈeɪʤənsiz
 
N D
website.
ˈwɛbˌsaɪt
 
 
A letter about the change from Cissna is also published on the agency's website.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NVAR SD
new
nu
nju
NVA D
mission
ˈmɪʃən
 
NV
statement
ˈsteɪtmənt
 
NV
says
sɛz
sɪz
 
:
 
 
 
The new mission statement says:
 
"U.
ju
 
 
S.
ɛs
 
N D
Citizenship
ˈsɪtɪzənˌʃɪp
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
N
Immigration
ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən
 
NV
Services
ˈsɜrvəsəz
ˈsɜrvɪsɪz
V
administers
ædˈmɪnɪstərz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N R SD
nation's
ˈneɪʃənz
 
A
lawful
ˈlɔfəl
 
N
immigration
ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən
 
N SD
system,
ˈsɪstəm
 
NV
safeguarding
ˈseɪfˌgɑrdɪŋ
 
N A D
its
ɪts
 
N D
integrity
ɪnˈtɛgrəti
ɪnˈtɛgrɪti
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
NV SD
promise
ˈprɑməs
 
N AR P D
by
baɪ
 
 
efficiently
 
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
R
fairly
ˈfɛrli
 
 
adjudicating
 
 
NV
requests
rɪˈkwɛsts
 
JPSD
for
fɔr
 
N
immigration
ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən
 
NV
benefits
ˈbɛnəfɪts
 
NV J SD
while
waɪl
 
V
protecting
prəˈtɛktɪŋ
pərˈtɛktɪŋ
N
Americans,
əˈmɛrəkənz
əˈmɛrɪkənz
V
securing
sɪˈkjʊrɪŋ
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N
homeland,
ˈhoʊmˌlænd
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
NV
honoring
ˈɑnərɪŋ
 
NV D
our
ˈaʊər
 
NV D
values.
ˈvæljuz
 
 
"
 
 
 
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation's lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.”
 
Cissna
 
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
N A SD
he
hi
 
V
believes
bɪˈlivz
 
R D
"the
ðə(ði)
 
NVA S
simple,
ˈsɪmpəl
 
AR
straightforward
ˈstreɪtˈfɔrwərd
 
NV
statement
ˈsteɪtmənt
 
R
clearly
ˈklɪrli
 
NV
defines
dɪˈfaɪnz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N S
agency's
ˈeɪʤənsiz
 
N D
role"
roʊl
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
NV
carrying
ˈkæriɪŋ
ˈkɛriɪŋ
NVAR PSD
out
aʊt
 
N
immigration
ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən
 
N
laws
lɔz
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
N
responsibilities
riˌspɑnsəˈbɪlətiz
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N A
American
əˈmɛrəkən
əˈmɛrɪkən
NV SD
people.
ˈpipəl
 
 
Cissna said he believes “the simple, straightforward statement clearly defines the agency's role” in carrying out immigration laws and responsibilities to the American people.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
AR
earlier
ˈɜrliər
 
NVA D
mission
ˈmɪʃən
 
NV
statement
ˈsteɪtmənt
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N S
agency
ˈeɪʤənsi
 
V
"secures
sɪˈkjʊrz
 
N
America's
əˈmɛrəkəz
əˈmɛrɪkəz
NV SD
promise
ˈprɑməs
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
 
a
ə
N R SD
nation
ˈneɪʃən
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N
immigrants
ˈɪməgrənts
 
 
-
 
 
 
"
 
 
 
The earlier mission statement said the agency “secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants - ”
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NV
phrase
freɪz
 
N R SD
"nation
ˈneɪʃən
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N
immigrants"
ˈɪməgrənts
 
VA D
has
hæz
 
 
a
ə
NVAR SD
long
lɔŋ
 
NV S
history
ˈhɪstəri
ˈhɪstri
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
N A
American
əˈmɛrəkən
əˈmɛrɪkən
N A
political
pəˈlɪtəkəl
pəˈlɪtɪkəl
N
speeches.
ˈspiʧəz
ˈspiʧɪz
 
The phrase “nation of immigrants” has a long history in American political speeches.
N AR SD
Most
moʊst
 
A S
recent
ˈrisənt
 
N
presidents
ˈprɛzəˌdɛnts
ˈprɛzɪdənts
A PSD
from
frʌm
frɑm
AR SD
both
boʊθ
 
N A
political
pəˈlɪtəkəl
pəˈlɪtɪkəl
NV
parties,
ˈpɑrtiz
 
V P D
including
ɪnˈkludɪŋ
 
N
Barack
bəˈrɑk
 
N A
Obama
oʊˈbɑmə
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
N
George
ʤɔrʤ
 
 
W.
ˈdʌbəlju
 
NVAR D
Bush,
bʊʃ
 
NV SD
have
hæv
 
VA D
used
juzd
just
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV
phrase
freɪz
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
V S
describe
dɪˈskraɪb
 
N
America.
əˈmɛrəkə
əˈmɛrɪkə
 
Most recent presidents from both political parties, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, have used the phrase to describe America.
N A SD
It
ɪt
 
NV
is
ɪz
 
NV D
thought
θɔt
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV SD
have
hæv
 
NV D
been
bɪn
bən
VA D
used
juzd
just
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
N AR SD
far
fɑr
 
NVAR SD
back
bæk
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
 
19th
 
 
N S
century.
ˈsɛnʧəri
 
 
It is thought to have been used as far back as the 19th century.
N A SD
It
ɪt
 
V
described
dɪˈskraɪbd
 
 
a
ə
N A SD
country
ˈkʌntri
 
N RJ SD
where
wɛr
 
NV SD
people
ˈpipəl
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N A SD
many
ˈmɛni
 
NV
cultures
ˈkʌlʧərz
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
N
nationalities
ˌnæʃəˈnælɪtiz
 
V
added
ˈædəd
ˈædɪd
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
N AR SD
what
wʌt
 
VA D
has
hæz
 
NV D
been
bɪn
bən
NVAR SD
long
lɔŋ
 
V
described
dɪˈskraɪbd
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
 
a
ə
NVA D
"melting
ˈmɛltɪŋ
 
NV
pot.
pɑt
 
 
"
 
 
 
It described a country where people of many cultures and nationalities added to what has been long described as a “melting pot.”
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NV
phrase
freɪz
 
RJ SD
also
ˈɔlsoʊ
 
V
appears
əˈpɪrz
 
N RJPSD
as
æz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV D
title
ˈtaɪtəl
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
 
a
ə
NV S
book,
bʊk
 
 
"A
ə
N R SD
Nation
ˈneɪʃən
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N
Immigrants,
ˈɪməgrənts
 
 
"
 
 
N AR P D
by
baɪ
 
N A SD
former
ˈfɔrmər
 
N A SD
president
ˈprɛzəˌdɛnt
ˈprɛzɪdənt
N D
John
ʤɑn
 
 
F.
ɛf
 
N
Kennedy.
ˈkɛnədi
 
 
The phrase also appears as the title of a book, “A Nation of Immigrants,” by former president John F. Kennedy.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NV S
book
bʊk
 
V
was
wʌz
wɑz
V
published
ˈpʌblɪʃt
 
ARJPSD
after
ˈæftər
 
N AR SD
this
ðɪs
 
N D
death.
dɛθ
 
 
The book was published after this death.
 
Cissna
 
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
N A SD
he
hi
 
N AR SD
no
noʊ
 
N AR D
longer
ˈlɔŋgər
 
NV
wants
wɑnts
wɔnts
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N S
agency
ˈeɪʤənsi
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
NV SD
call
kɔl
 
N
immigration
ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən
 
N
applicants
ˈæplɪkənts
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
 
petitioners
 
 
N A D
its
ɪts
 
N
"customers.
ˈkʌstəmərz
 
 
"
 
 
 
Cissna said that he no longer wants the agency to call immigration applicants and petitioners its “customers.”
N A SD
He
hi
 
VA D
said
sɛd
 
N A SD
he
hi
 
V
believes
bɪˈlivz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N S
agency
ˈeɪʤənsi
 
NV
is
ɪz
 
V
meant
mɛnt
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
N AR SD
first
fɜrst
 
NV SD
serve
sɜrv
 
R D
"the
ðə(ði)
 
N A
American
əˈmɛrəkən
əˈmɛrɪkən
NV SD
people.
ˈpipəl
 
 
"
 
 
 
He said he believes the agency is meant to first serve “the American people.”
 
U.
ju
 
 
S.
ɛs
 
 
Census
 
 
N
Bureau
ˈbjʊroʊ
 
N SD
information
ˌɪnfərˈmeɪʃən
ɪnˈfɔrˈmeɪʃən
A PSD
from
frʌm
frɑm
 
2014
 
 
NV
shows
ʃoʊz
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
N R SD
there
ðɛr
 
NV D
were
wɜr
 
N A PSD
at
æt
 
N AR D
least
list
 
 
42
 
 
N A D
million
ˈmɪljən
 
N
immigrants,
ˈɪməgrənts
 
AR SD
both
boʊθ
 
N A SD
legal
ˈligəl
 
NV RJ SD
and
ænd
 
N A SD
illegal,
ɪˈligəl
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N A SD
country.
ˈkʌntri
 
 
U.S. Census Bureau information from 2014 shows that there were at least 42 million immigrants, both legal and illegal, in the country.
N ARJ SD
That
ðæt
NVA SD
number
ˈnʌmbər
VA D
has
hæz
NVA
continued
kənˈtɪnjud
NV R PSD
to
tu
V SD
grow.
groʊ
 
That number has continued to grow.
NV
Critics
ˈkrɪtɪks
 
NV RJ SD
say
seɪ
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NVA D
mission
ˈmɪʃən
 
NV
statement
ˈsteɪtmənt
 
NV SD
change
ʧeɪnʤ
 
NV
raises
ˈreɪzəz
ˈreɪzɪz
NV
questions
ˈkwɛsʧənz
 
AR PSD
about
əˈbaʊt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N A SD
country's
ˈkʌntriz
 
NVA
continued
kənˈtɪnjud
 
N
willingness
ˈwɪlɪŋnəs
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
VA SD
accept
ækˈsɛpt
əkˈsɛpt
N
immigrants.
ˈɪməgrənts
 
 
Critics say the mission statement change raises questions about the country's continued willingness to accept immigrants.
SD
They
ðeɪ
 
NV SD
note
noʊt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N D
importance
ɪmˈpɔrtəns
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N
America's
əˈmɛrəkəz
əˈmɛrɪkəz
NV SD
promise
ˈprɑməs
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
A D
those
ðoʊz
 
NVA D
coming
ˈkʌmɪŋ
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
N AR SD
this
ðɪs
 
N A SD
country.
ˈkʌntri
 
 
They note the importance of America's promise to those coming to this country.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NVAR SD
new
nu
nju
NV
statement
ˈsteɪtmənt
 
JPSD
for
fɔr
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N
immigration
ˌɪməˈgreɪʃən
 
N S
agency
ˈeɪʤənsi
 
NV D
does
dʌz
 
NV SD
keep
kip
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
word
wɜrd
 
NV SD
"promise"
ˈprɑməs
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
N A SD
it.
ɪt
 
 
The new statement for the immigration agency does keep the word “promise” in it.
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
 
inscription
 
 
NVAR PSD
on
ɑn(ɔn)
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
Statue
ˈstæˌʧu
 
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
N D
Liberty
ˈlɪbərti
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
NVAR SD
New
nu
nju
N D
York
jɔrk
 
N SD
City
ˈsɪti
 
NV
reads
ridz
 
NV SD
"Give
gɪv
 
N D
me
mi
 
D
your
jʊər
jɔr
VA SD
tired,
ˈtaɪərd
 
D
your
jʊər
jɔr
N A S
poor,
pur
 
D
your
jʊər
jɔr
VA
huddled
ˈhʌdəld
 
NV
masses
ˈmæsəz
ˈmæsɪz
NVA
yearning
ˈjɜrnɪŋ
 
NV R PSD
to
tu
 
V SD
breathe
brið
 
NVAR SD
free.
fri
 
 
"
 
 
 
The inscription on the Statue of Liberty in New York City reads “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
R D
The
ðə(ði)
 
NV
lines
laɪnz
 
NV R SD
do
du
doʊ
N RJ SD
not
nɑt
 
NV SD
have
hæv
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NV SD
word
wɜrd
 
N A SD
"immigrant"
ˈɪməgrənt
 
NVAR PSD
in
ɪn
 
A SD
them,
ðɛm
 
N J
nor
nɔr
 
NV D
does
dʌz
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
N S
poem
ˈpoʊəm
 
N ARJ SD
that
ðæt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
 
inscription
 
 
NV
is
ɪz
 
VA
based
beɪst
 
NVAR PSD
on.
ɑn(ɔn)
 
 
The lines do not have the word “immigrant” in them, nor does the poem that the inscription is based on.
RJ SD
However,
ˌhaʊˈɛvər
 
N A SD
it
ɪt
 
NV
is
ɪz
 
NVAR SD
clear
klɪr
 
N AR SD
what
wʌt
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
NVA SD
subject
ˈsʌbʤɪkt
səbˈʤɛkt
N PSD
of
ʌv
 
R D
the
ðə(ði)
 
 
inscription
 
 
R
truly
ˈtruli
 
NV
is.
ɪz
 
 
However, it is clear what the subject of the inscription truly is.
 
I'm
aɪm
əm
N
Mario
ˈmɑrioʊ
 
N
Ritter.
ˈrɪtər
 
 
I'm Mario Ritter.
N
Mario
ˈmɑrioʊ
 
N
Ritter
ˈrɪtər
 
V
wrote
roʊt
 
N AR SD
this
ðɪs
 
NV S
story
ˈstɔri
 
JPSD
for
fɔr
 
 
VOA
vi-oʊ-eɪ
 
NV
Learning
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