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From Marine to Citizen

In an inspiring display of patriotism, one decorated Marine became a U.S. citizen last week in a Special Naturalization Ceremony presided over by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. Lance Cpl. Nicolas Alvarado Lopez, a native of Ecuador, served in the Marines for two years prior to earning his citizenship.

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Celebrating new citizens on July 4

As Americans return to work after a weekend of July 4 celebrations and fireworks, it’s a good time to remember the freedoms that we celebrate on Independence Day–and a good way to do this is to look at some stories of immigrants who recently became American citizens.

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The hard path to citizenship

Writing in Time Magazine, Nate Rawlings reacts to President Obama’s recent order to Homeland Security to stop deporting young undocumented immigrants. Rawlings, a retired U.S. Army officer, notes that the recent executive order allows immigrants under 30 to stay and work in America, but it doesn’t give them a Green Card, which is necessary for immigrants to join the military or become citizens. He writes: “I would make one big exception to that rule for any of those immigrants who join the military. Anyone who’s willing to take the oath of enlistment deserves a shot at citizenship.”

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