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Cotton Statement on the Obama Administration's Changes to the Oath of Allegiance for New Citizens

July 22, 2015

Washington, D.C.Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the Obama Administration's changes to the Oath of Allegiance for new citizens:

"The Obama Administration's announced changes to the Oath of Allegiance undermines what it means to be a citizen of the United States.  Growing up in Dardanelle I learned from an early age that freedom isn't free. I knew my dad and many of his friends had put their lives on hold to serve during the Vietnam War.  When they returned home they didn't ask for glory or recognition; in their minds they were simply doing their patriotic duty. Their service is partially what inspired me to join the Army after September 11th and to volunteer for a second deployment to Afghanistan. All citizens of the United States—native or naturalized—should have that same of sense of patriotism and duty."