On the eve of this historic election, I have reflected extensively on my journey to become an American citizen and what truly makes America great. I immigrated to the United States to pursue my education in 1986. I was born in Turkey - a critical ally which will feature prominently in the next Administration’s foreign policy decisions.
Our nation has a higher education system that is the envy of the world. If we buttress this with universal pre-kindergarten and further harness the innate American ingenuity, we are on the cusp of a generation of unprecedented scientific advances.
In 1986, I was one of eight students from Turkey provided a full scholarship study in the United States. Thirty years ago, technology was rapidly changing American lives and foreign policy dominated the news. However, the difference now is that our classrooms are filled with more diverse voices than ever before. This diversity promotes the free exchange of ideas leading to unprecedented research and scientific breakthroughs.
There are 84 million Americans who are immigrants or children of immigrants. We came here with unique dreams, but all with an entrepreneurial spirit. While looking around at the two colleges last week, I was reminded of what I learned studying for my citizenship test. Our Founding Fathers emphasized, “E Pluribus Unum”. This principle – out of many one – recognized that America is a diverse nation and that through this diversity we are stronger.
In an election season where Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE has taken to rally stages emphasizing differences and division across our great nation, I plan to vote to celebrate this diversity by electing the first woman President – Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE. I know that I stand beside millions of immigrant voters who believe that “Stronger Together” is not just a sign that students wave on college campuses, it is why with a Clinton-Kaine Administration we should all be optimistic about the generation ahead.
Guzel is CEO of Nimeks Organics, Chairman of the DNC Heritage Council and an officer with the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council.
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