Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert told a group of new U.S. citizens Wednesday there’s a reason she feels such a bond with them when she attends naturalization ceremonies.
‘My father and mother met on a U.S. campus. My father’s Iranian, my mother’s American,” she said. “When we were very young we went over to Iran for a few years and came back right before my fifth birthday. My father didn’t come back with us.”
Staiert informed 79 immigrants from 33 countries, from Australia to Mexico to Zambia, that she and her two siblings and her mother eventually settled in Wyoming.
“As you can imagine, because of the relations between Iran and the U.S., it was a kind of a hard place to be from when we were growing up,” she told the attentive crowd. “When I was in middle school we had the hostage crisis. When I was in college there was Iran-Contra.”