USA On July 4, a pause in immigration rancor to honor new Americans

About 9,000 immigrants are becoming naturalized US citizens this week, including 25 whose swearing-in ceremony took place July 4 at the White House with President Obama. Few who are eligible walk the path to citizenship.

By , Staff writer

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The White House rolled out the red carpet this Fourth of July for 25 immigrants to take the oath of citizenship, hosted by none other than President Obama. But for all its trappings and dignitaries, it is an event that in substance is much like some 100 other naturalization ceremonies across America during the holiday week – a reminder that amid the political turmoil over illegal immigration, the nation still regularly embraces the foreign born into the ranks of the citizenry.