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Freudian slip? Obama to naturalize ‘illegal’ immigrants during July 4 ceremony

** FILE ** President Obama wipes away sweat during a speech at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013. (Associated Press)** FILE ** President Obama wipes away sweat during a speech at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013. (Associated Press)
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In a slip of the tongue, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that President Obama will naturalize "illegal" immigrants in a ceremony on Independence Day.

Mr. Earnest was discussing the naturalization ceremony scheduled for Friday when he told reporters that Mr. Obama believes it is appropriate for the commander-in-chief "to naturalize those individuals who are in this country illegally — uh legally — who signed up to join the military to defend this country."

"That is a pretty strong testament to the values that are held by those immigrants," he said. "I can tell you that the president is genuinely looking forward to it."

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