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The move comes as the president continues to press lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform, one of his second-term priorities.

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Obama will be joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas in the East Room, and will deliver remarks at the ceremony, the White House announced.

“The event underscores the contributions made to the United States by immigrants from all walks of life, including the foreign born members of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as our shared history as a nation of immigrants,” said a White House official. “While the President remains pleased that Congress continues to make progress towards commonsense immigration reform, he believes Congress needs to act quickly and he expects a bill to be introduced as soon as possible.”

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