Troops to become U.S. citizens at Independence Day WH naturalization ceremony
July 4th, 2012
06:01 AM ET

Troops to become U.S. citizens at Independence Day WH naturalization ceremony

WHITE HOUSE (CNN)-More than two dozen active duty service members will celebrate their Fourth of July with a very patriotic event.

Twenty-five members of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force will be sworn in as citizens in the East Room of the White House. President Obama will make remarks and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver the oath of allegiance.

The group of candidates for citizenship are from seventeen different countries and include a marine who has been awarded the Purple Heart and several winners of the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Other members of the president's cabinet and senior White House officials will also participate in similar ceremonies around the nation. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will participate in a ceremony in New York and SBA Administrator Karen Mills will be in Massachusetts.

This is the third naturalization ceremony at the White House during the Obama administration, although none have been on Independence Day. Vice President Biden participated in a ceremony at Camp Victory with members of the military during a trip to Baghdad on July 4, 2009.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. 2020

    A true American spirit

    July 4, 2012 at 6:07 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Congratulations are in order....thank you to these men fighting for their country. Are GOP/Tea Party anti-immigrant extremists objecting to these brave soldiers becoming US citizens?

    July 4, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • trex

      ...".hey........just because they risked their lives for YEARS to make us safe,.....well they are still ILLEGALS"...............................Fake News Story follows this teaser commercial..........................................

      July 4, 2012 at 11:10 am |
      • jean2009

        don't see you putting your lazy backside on the line for this are probably a healthcare freeloading and tax cheat.

        July 4, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Rod

      Randy... You are a fool. I don't know any Dem or Rep that is opposed to legal immigration. It has been and will always be about illegal immigration. In order for a non-citizen to enlist in the military, he/she must first be a legal immigrant with a green card. They must have an established address in the United States in order to apply for enlistment. So, hats off to these men and women for coming to America legally and volunteering to serve. Unlike the coward that you are.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  3. LCSWquilter

    Proof once again that our strength as a nation comes from the sacrifices of immigrants.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  4. Lionel

    Thank you for fighting for the USA. You deserve to be USA citizens. I can't wait to hear what the haters and teapublicans have to say about this good news story. All Republicans are not racists but all racists are Republicans.

    Always chose love over hate. Romney has flip-flopped so many times, I am getting dizzy.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    July 4, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Steveo

      Whoa wait a minute! You just called folks racists and then want to preach about love? Why does the word HYPOCRITE suddenly come to mind?

      July 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  5. trex

    ...............and Fake News headline will read............"ILLEGAL ALIENS EAT AT WHITEHOUSE......OBAMA SERVES THEM".................................

    July 4, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • jean2009
      Story not deal with the truth...other sources carry the same news story.
      Obviously the only illegal alien is you.

      Welcome to our new citizens
      Obama-Biden 2012!

      July 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  6. idb

    Of course these new citizens are welcome, they followed the correct path to citizenship. Unfortunately Obama's agenda is one that wants to naturalize illegal aliens. People who started of by committing a crime and that have no intention of integrating in society. So sad for real immigrants.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  7. GaryOwen27

    This should realy burn the Red Neck Right.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Steveo

      Well Gary, It appears you know little. These are those who have immigrated the RIGHT way! You do realize there is a right way to come in and became a citizen and then there is the WRONG way! You realize that, right? I just browsed an article enti-tled "Illegal Immigrant is a Slur". You would agree with that wouldn't you!

      July 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  8. Stu Nahan

    Too bad they didnt do something for their own countries, we NEVER needed their help anyway

    July 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • DEcember 2012


      July 5, 2012 at 3:37 am |
    • jean2009

      Why haven't you enlisted to take their place....nothing holding you back... but being a loud-mouthed self-centered do-nothing slacker like the rest of the teapubliklan?

      July 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  9. Cynthia L.

    I posted on another article thinking that I was posting here, on this story of the troops who served our country the hard way to become citizens.
    Thank you for protecting our country and it's citizens with your service. I know there were some that did not make this ceremony because they were killed before they could join you here, with honor and in good standing. God Bless and Keep You. May you have a happy life, you deserve it.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:18 am |
  10. Steveo

    As a vet myself, I know these new citizens have proven themselves worthy! They first believed they owed a debt rather than thinking somebody owed them! They thought to give America a hand up rather than walking around looking for a hand out! They believed more in the value of American citizenship than some othr American citizens do! Congratulations and WELCOME HOME!

    July 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm |