Via Byron York:

President Obama marked the Independence Day holiday with a naturalization ceremony for immigrants who are serving in the United States military. “This is one of my favorite things to do,” the president told the group, which included immigrants from Nigeria, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, and the Philippines, among others. “It brings me great joy and inspiration because it reminds us that we are a country that is bound together not simply by ethnicity or bloodlines, but by fidelity to a set of ideas.”

But Obama did more than just welcome members of the military to American citizenship. The naturalization ceremony took a political turn when the president defended his controversial decision to unilaterally enact some provisions of the DREAM Act — which would put illegal immigrants who came to this country at a young age on a path to citizenship, but which has failed to win passage in Congress — and also to renew his call for comprehensive immigration reform.

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