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AAA  Jul. 4, 2014 12:02 PM ET
Obama: US always has been a nation of immigrants
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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FILE - This June 30, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, pausing while making a statement about immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A planned fundraising trip to Texas next week is complicating President Barack Obama’s stance on immigration amid a brewing border crisis. The president finds himself caught between his call to speed up the deportations of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border, and his search for ways to let other immigrants -- already in the U.S. illegally -- stay on. Texas’ Republican governor is pressing the president to take a firsthand look at the crisis on the border during next week’s trip. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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(AP) — President Barack Obama says 25 foreign-born service members who became U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders that America is and always has been a nation of immigrants.

He says it's that rich diversity that makes the country the best in the world.

To keep attracting the "best and brightest" from beyond America's shores Obama also says, quote, "We have to fix our immigration system, which is broken."

Legislative efforts to overhaul the system have stalled in Congress.

Obama announced this week that he will pursue changes he can make on his own without Congress.

The president commented at a Fourth of July naturalization ceremony at the White House for the 25 foreign-born U.S. military members who represented 15 countries.

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