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President Obama presided over a naturalization ceremony for 25 active members of the military.
President Barack Obama marked the Fourth of July by presiding over the naturalizations ceremonies for two dozen active members of the military as they were sworn in as American citizens, according to the Associated Press.
“Immigration makes America stronger,” Obama said. “Immigration makes us more prosperous. Immigration positions America to lead in the 21st century.”
He said, "For just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a nation of immigrants. That's why as another step forward we're lifting the shadow of deportation…from deserving young people who were brought to this country as children. That's why we still need a Dream Act to keep talented young people who want to contribute to our society and serve our country," according to MSNBC.
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According to ABC News, the 25 new citizens were all active duty service members, living in the US legally. They represent the estimated 29,000 foreigners who serve in the US military.
Obama told them, "All of you did something profound. You chose to serve. You put on the uniform of country that was not yet fully your own. You displayed the values that we celebrate every Fourth of July: duty, responsibility and patriotism," according to ABC News.
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The AP noted that the 25 came from 17 different countries, including Mexico, Russia and Nigeria.
The New York Times reported that Obama was set to spend the evening watching fireworks and attending a barbecue, in addition to celebrating his older daughter Malia's birthday.