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May 1, 2013

Attorney General Koster speaks at naturalization ceremony in Cape Girardeau --notes contributions of immigrants to the nation--

Cape Girardeau, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster spoke today at the naturalization ceremony in Cape Girardeau for 29 new American citizens.

"They say people come here to find the American dream, but in truth, you are the American Dream," Koster told the individuals taking the oath of citizenship.  "For 237 years, the United States has become the adopted home of the brightest minds and hardest-working bodies in the world."

Koster noted that American immigrants and their children have founded 40 percent of the companies on the Fortune 500.  Those 200 of the world’s largest companies generated combined revenue of $4.2 trillion in 2010 and employed more than 10 million people world-wide.

He told the audience that American immigrants and their children have founded 71 percent of the Fortune 500’s aerospace and defense contractors, 50 percent of the largest medical equipment and device makes, 45 percent of the largest high-tech firms, and four of the five largest commercial banks.

"Sergey Brin, one of the two men that founded Google, immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1979," Koster said.  "Jerry Yang, one of the founders of Yahoo, emigrated from Taiwan in 1978.  Pierre Omidyar, who founded e-Bay, emigrated from France in 1973.  Andy Grove, one of the founders of Intel, came to the United States from Hungary in 1957," Koster added.

The new citizens sworn in today come from 11 different countries:  India, Mexico, Philippines, Guatemala, Somalia, Germany, China, Romania, Vietnam, Syria, and Hungary.

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