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President Obama to Host Naturalization Ceremony on July Fourth Holiday

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 05:15:02 +0000

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will host a naturalization ceremony at the White House on Friday, the July 4th holiday, for active duty military service members and their spouses, as well as veterans and reservists.

On the birthday of the United States, the president plans to take the opportunity to "reiterate his commitment to an immigration policy that honors our rich history as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws." Obama has previously hosted and participated in naturalization ceremonies in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Obama will speak at the ceremony, during which foreign-born members of the U.S. Armed Forces who "have earned their American citizenship by serving our country" will be recognized for their contributions. A White House official said that 15 active-duty service members from the Navy, U.S. Army, Marines and Air Force will be honored, as will two veterans, one reservist and seven military spouses -- representing a total of 15 countries.

The president will also host a Fourth of July celebration for military families and White House staff on the South Lawn of the White House.

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