President Obama will use a naturalization ceremony Monday to prod Congress to introduce an immigration reform bill as soon as possible, a White House official said.
Mr. Obama will attend a swearing-in ceremony at the White House for 28 new U.S. citizens, including 13 members of the armed services. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also will be on hand.
The White House said 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.”
“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,” the White House said in a statement.