Celebrating the Fourth of July

Today I attended a citizenship ceremony at Mount Vernon, the home of our first president. Every naturalization ceremony I've attended - including my own when I was a child - reminds me of why my family sacrificed so much to come to the United States.

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Today I attended a citizenship ceremony at Mount Vernon, the home of our first president. Every naturalization ceremony I've attended - including my own when I was a child - reminds me of why my family sacrificed so much to come to the United States.Our country is facing immense challenges, but today I hope you will join me in remembering what makes America great. We are a nation of laws, not men. We are entitled to freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of religion. We are equal no matter where we come from, what we believe, or who we love.

The oath of allegiance taken by some of our country's newest citizens today, the same one I took as a new American, reminds us that the principles upon which our founders declared indpendence and formed a new nation must never be taken for granted. Our citizenship requires us to support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States, and in doing so, to stand up for our core ideals as Americans.

The struggle to advance and safeguard liberty and justice for all has never been easy, but it has always been worth the fight.

From my family to yours, have a happy Fourth of July.

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