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At ceremony, Obama extols U.S. diversity

He calls for immigration fix as 25 in service naturalized

Posted: July 5, 2014 at 3:12 a.m.

Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (left onstage), accompanied by President Barack Obama (right), administers the oath of allegiance Friday during a naturalization ceremony for active-duty service members and civilians in the East Room of the White House.

WASHINGTON -- Celebrating the ethnic diversity of America, President Barack Obama said more than two dozen foreign-born service members who became U.S. citizens at the White House on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders that the country is, and always has been, a nation of immigrants.

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