Obama hosts Independence Day naturalization ceremony for members of the armed forces
While most people were busy setting up grills for backyard barbecues or watching parades this morning, President Obama welcomed more than two dozen active service members to the White House for a naturalization ceremony.
The service men and women took an oath of allegiance to the United States before their friends and families, signaling their status as naturalized citizens.
Speaking to the crowd of about 200, Obama said, “Our society is not possible without the generations of immigrants who have come to our shores.”
Obama, whose father was from Kenya, added that it was an honor for him to serve as commander in chief.
The president also took the opportunity to mention the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, saying, “We are still perfecting our union.” He named “lifting the shadow of deportation” from some young people as an accomplishment.
Specialist Carlos Eduardo Navichoque, who was born in Guatemala and enlisted in 2009 before deploying to Iraq in March 2010, said it was a very emotional day for him.
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