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President using July 4th to highlight immigration debate

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 02:37 PM EDT

Washington (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans to highlight a positive side of the immigration debate by presiding over an Independence Day citizenship ceremony for service members who are legal U.S. residents.

Twenty-five service members will become U.S. citizens at a White House ceremony Friday.

The group represents 15 countries and includes active-duty service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, along with veterans, reservists and spouses.

The politically divisive immigration issue is earning renewed attention after the influx of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America.

At the same time, Obama blames House Republicans for delaying action on an immigration overhaul.

Obama announced earlier this week that he will pursue non-legislative steps he can take to adjust U.S. immigration policy without congressional approval.

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President using July 4th to highlight immigration debate


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