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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vice President Mike Pence is celebrating the Fourth of July with 44 new citizens.

“You come from 26 different countries. You come from all walks of life,” Pence said to the group of new citizens. “There is an electrician among you, a college counselor, a banker, and even an Uber driver.”

Pence joined the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is an immigrant herself, at a naturalization ceremony in Washington.  

Pence said that the nation’s current system of immigration faces real challenges. But to those he naturalized Thursday “made the sacrifices and went through the process.”

“You followed the law,” Pence continued. “Let me say on behalf of President Donald Trump and on behalf of the American people, welcome to the American family.” 

A naturalization citizenship is granted to foreign citizens or nationals after requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act are fulfilled.  

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