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100 years ago today, my grandfather, Guido Palladino, immigrated to America—landing on Ellis Island at the age of 10 with his mother.

He came here because he understood America is the land of opportunity, as it still is to this day. I’m proud of his story and thankful that through hard work, he pursued his dream in the greatest country on earth.

You see, what makes our nation so special is that we’re not just a country, we’re an idea conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that everyone is equal.

To think that his grandson is now serving in the People’s House, that’s what America is all about.

It moves me to say that 100 years after my grandfather landed on Ellis Island, America is still the greatest place on Earth.