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Obama pushes quick action on immigration

Makes appeal at citizenship event

WASHINGTON — Celebrating the ethnic diversity of America, President Obama said more than two dozen foreign-born service members who became US 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 United States to remain the greatest nation on earth.

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