(CNSNews.com) - "Muslim-Americans are as patriotic, as integrated, as American as any other members of the American family," President Obama told a Muslim gathering at the White House on Thursday.
"Whether your family's been here for generations or you're a new arrival, you're an essential part of the fabric of our country."
Obama said Muslims of all backgrounds have for "centuries" helped to build America as farmers, merchants, factory workers, architects, teachers and community leaders. "And Muslim Americans have enriched our lives every single day," he said.
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