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President Obama mark this fourth of July with the citizenship ceremony for active duty service members.
Immigrants who enlisted a swifter path to citizenship.
Even if they enter the country illegally.
And while few people would argue that risking your life for your perspective country shouldn't be recognized.
There are echoes of the DREAM Act.
Here's senior White House for affairs correspondent Wendell Goler.
In a White House ceremony the secretary of Homeland Security administered the oath of citizenship to 25 servicemen and women from seventeen different countries.
And President Obama thanked them for service and sacrifice that began before they became Americans all of you did something profound.
You chose to sort.
You put on the uniform of a country that was not yet fully -- all the new Americans came from several African nations from Russia and Ukraine from Asia and from south and Central America.
And it's this country's Latino voters mr.
Obama may have had in mind.
When he reminded the audience of his administration's recent decision to stop supporting young people brought here illegally as children.
We're lifting the shadow of deportation.
From serving from deserving young people who were brought to this country's children.
Why we still need a DREAM Act.
The DREAM Act would codify what is now -- controversial order by secretary Napolitano and further provide young people who were brought here illegally with a path to citizenship.
The citizenship issue divides mr.
Obama for Mitt Romney who celebrated the fourth with his wife and family in New Hampshire.
We don't want to make America more like Europe -- more like any other place.
We want to make America more like America this is an opportunity -- nation as a place for people come for hundreds of years seeking what is unique and exceptional about America.
Romney says children brought here really really shouldn't be punished but he supports a more comprehensive if less defined immigration reform.
-- suggests President Obama has a lead among Hispanic voters that could make him competitive in states where he might otherwise have trouble including Florida Arizona and Colorado.
Suspending some deportations was seen as part of that strategy but some analysts feel -- still struggling economy could easily undermine it.
Latinos have a very high unemployment rate their wages are going up there having a harder -- -- time finding a job so you know if it's the economy stupid.
Then a lot of the Hispanic voters who voted for Barack Obama for years ago.
Might switch their vote and this time around.
The White House says the deportation order was a matter were prioritizing.
Resources focusing on people who may pose a danger to the country but critics say the timing of the order after three and a half years in office and this close to the election.
Suggests otherwise don't.
No question Wendell Goler at the White House tonight Wendell thanks.
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