Abed Hammoud came to the United States when he was 24 years old.
Now, the courtroom where he was sworn in as a citizen is quite familiar. That’s because Hammoud is an assistant United States attorney.
“Abed Hammoud, on behalf of the United States, your honor,” repeats Hammoud. “Every time I say it, I get goosebumps — like, wow.”
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Hammond moved to France after a civil war broke out in his home country, Lebanon. But, the American dream soon became a priority.
“I realized that there were a lot more opportunities here — that there’s a sense of belonging,” he said.
Hammoud, who is Muslim, now lives in Dearborn and says he has faced discrimination in his American journey.
“I feel there is a mountain to climb, to make the good American...who means well, know the reality of us,” said Hammoud.
"We are good Americans. We are patriotic Americans... I can have an accent, but I can fight for my country in my own field more than a lot of people who were born here.”