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Obama: US always has been a nation of immigrants

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From page A1 | July 05, 2014 |

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 welcoming immigrants “is central to our way of life.”

He pleaded anew for new immigration policies, saying the vast range of backgrounds and experiences that has made America a melting pot for more than 200 years also makes the country stronger. He argued that the system must be retooled for the U.S. to remain the greatest nation on earth.

“The basic idea of welcoming immigrants to our shores is central to our way of life, it is in our DNA,” Obama said after the 25 service members representing 15 countries raised their right hands and pledged allegiance to the United States.

“From all these different strands, we make something new here in America. And that’s why, if we want to keep attracting the best and brightest from beyond our borders, we’re going to have to fix our immigration system, which is broken,” he said. “Pass common-sense immigration reform.

The immigration issue is earning renewed attention because of the influx to the U.S. of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America. Under U.S. law, they must be returned to their home countries, angering immigration advocates who already take issue with Obama’s enforcement of deportations. They want Obama to allow the children to stay.

At the same time, Obama blames House Republicans for delaying action on legislation covering the millions already living in the U.S. illegally. A comprehensive measure the Senate passed last summer has been blocked by House leaders who also have done little to advance their own immigration proposals.

Obama announced earlier this week that, as a result of inaction on Capitol Hill, he will pursue non-legislative ways he can adjust U.S. immigration policy on his own. He scheduled a trip to Texas next week, mostly to raise money for Democratic candidates, but plans not to visit the border.

“I’m going to keep doing everything I can to keep making our immigration system smarter and more efficient,” Obama said Friday.

Across the country, more than 100 demonstrators, most of whom support immigrants, gathered again Friday outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California, where the agency intends to process some of the immigrants who have flooded the Texas border with Mexico.

Earlier this week a crowd of protesters blocked buses carrying women and children migrants who were flown in from overwhelmed Texas facilities. The Border Patrol had to take the migrants elsewhere.

At the White House on Friday evening, Obama and his wife, Michelle, were also welcoming a larger group of service members, including the new citizens, to an all-American barbecue on the South Lawn, along with prime seating for the fireworks on the National Mall.

“Together, all of you remind us that America is and always has been a nation of immigrants,” Obama told those at the naturalization ceremony.

Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban who became a naturalized citizen in 1973, administered the oath of allegiance.

At the ceremony, Mayorkas also recognized internationally known celebrity chef and restaurateur Jose Andres for outstanding achievements by a naturalized U.S. citizen. Born in Spain, the 44-year-old Andres became a citizen last November and works with soup kitchens in Washington and Los Angeles.

Obama had another reason to celebrate on Friday. His oldest daughter, Malia, turned 16.

The Associated Press

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  • DanielJuly 05, 2014 - 7:24 am

    The US has always been a nation of laws and at least a semi-competent President until now.

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  • Clay D YoungbloodJuly 05, 2014 - 9:02 am

    Yes, but those Immigrants came here Legally. Right?

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  • John AndersonJuly 05, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Deport illegal intruders....they are not "immigrants"....stop calling them such. ....Duh?

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  • MariaJuly 05, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Ask for "legal documents only, "legal,"legal " to be called immigrants.we have to abide the laws, not the flaws on Obama administration

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  • patrickJuly 05, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    Its the commander in chief's job to protect the US borders, someone should tell obama

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 05, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Obama: Going to do "everything I can to keep making our immigration system smarter and more efficient." You mean like the DACA you foisted on America to spite congress? The DACA, which has triggered the latest invasion of our country by ILLEGAL ALIENS? The "humanitarian crisis" that Nancy Pelosi characterized as an "opportunity" before stating she wished she could take all of the "children" home with her? Teenagers for the most part. Opportunity for whom? Oh, yeah....I get it. She's a Democrat. What predictable, sappy speeches on both their parts.

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  • rlw895July 05, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Mr.S: How about a source for DACA triggering the influx of children from Central America?

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 05, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    Good grief, man. Where have you been? You can look it up.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 05, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Or you could refer back to the Jay Ambrose column that ran in the DR on July 3rd. There are others I can list, including invasion stats before and after DACA. Keep in mind that they disappear quickly from the MM once their two-hour window of news items putting Obama in a bad light expires;>)

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  • rlw895July 05, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    Mr.S: I went back and reread the 7/3 Jay Ambrose column, and it's no help. He uses passive voice to not state HIS source, and because he's no authority himself, he may just be repeating echo box misinformation an innuendo. Where are the statistics you mentioned?

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  • rlw895July 05, 2014 - 11:30 pm

    Mr.S: My question is the source YOU are using. I can't look that up until you tell me.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 06, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Rlw: I emailed you one source--the Christian Science Monitor has done a few articles on this.

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  • patrickJuly 09, 2014 - 11:13 am

    does everything have to DONE FOR YIU

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  • Legal ImmigrantJuly 05, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    I was amazed when I watched the protest in Murrieta on the news to see protesters chanting "USA, USA" while the anti-protesters chanted "Mexico, Mexico". La Raza at its finest.

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