American Creed: Preparing New Citizens


[inspiring music] – What has changed in the United
States since the 1960s to today? You guys weren’t here then. To… to become
a US Citizen, a person comes to the United States in a
manner in which they have legal permanent residency. Folks that have come to the
United States because a brother, a sister, a sibling, a parent or
a child has petitioned for them. When they enter the
United States they are eligible for their
legal permanent residency. Once you have your
legal permanent residency, for most people it’s five years,
that is the beginning of the eligibility to apply
for naturalization. Through that process
there’s an interview. Once they pass their
interview, there’s an oath. – Pledge? – (with accent)
Pledge of my own– – Pledge.
– free will, with no re… – Re-ser-va-tions whatsoever. The interview reviews their
application and then they have the civics questions,
and there’s 100 questions that they need to study. The officer would ask ten
questions and as soon as they have six correct
they’re done with that part, and then there’s two sections, one for reading
and one for writing. And they’ve got three attempts
in order to complete those. – (Chris)
What do you remember about Benjamin Franklin?
– Oh. – You forgot? Uh-oh.
– Yes. – Alia, what did you remember? – He was a diplomat?
– He was a US diplomat. – People say, well why
aren’t they US citizens yet? Well they’re not US Citizens
yet because they don’t have the confidence in the language, or
they haven’t had access to these important facts in order to
prepare for their interview. We don’t like to see our folks
go to an interview and not be able to pass it the first time
because it really knocks their confidence that
they have to go back. It makes them a lot more
nervous about going back. – (Chris)
Name two cabinent positions. Tell your neighbor. – (student)
Name two cabinet positions– – (teacher)
No, two cabinet positions. – (student)
…and Secretary of State. – Once they, once they
pass I kick them out, they don’t like that,
haha, ’cause they, they really become a family. They depend on each other, so
then they want to come back and and continue to learn
from the class, but the class is very specific to the language needed
for naturalization. Watching someone go through
that naturalization ceremony and knowing that when they walk
out of there they can say that they’re an American… a US Citizen. And they can sign up to vote. The pride of watching them
sign up to vote is huge. – I promise to
support the US country. I will fight for
America, and I will help the… – That word is constitution.
– Constitution, sorry. – (Chris)
Ok, very good. Alright. So you like that one?
– I like all of them. – You like all of them.
– Yes. [inspiring music]

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