US Soldiers Become Citizens

325 new Americans served red-white-and-blue cake in Iraq
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2007 5:42 AM CDT
US soldiers stand at attention during a ceremony at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at which soldiers reenlisted and some were naturalized as United States citizens. Around 160 troops...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Some 325 servicemen were sworn in as US citizens in Independence Day ceremonies yesterday in Iraq—half of them at a former Saddam Hussein palace, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gen. David Petraeus thanked the new citizens serving in Iraq for enduring sacrifice “to preserve the freedom of a land that was not yet fully yours.”

Since the beginning of the war, 1,186 service members have have become citizens; the immigration bill scuttled in the Senate last week would have offered a path to citizenship for undocumented aliens willing to serve two years in the military. Senator John McCain, whose last trip to Iraq was a political disaster, was on hand for the ceremony.