Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview

Hi, I’m Officer Patricia. I will be interviewing you today. Good, thank you. Nice to meet you. What’s your name? My name is Jennifer Mendoza. Why are you here today? I want to become a U.S. citizen. Why do you want to become an American citizen? I want to live in America with my family. What do you about your home country? Oh, I miss so many of my cousins–yeah, I miss my cousins. Excuse me (Jennifer fixes the curtain). Are you ready? Yes, I am ready. Do you have any questions before we begin? No, I don’t have any questions. Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth? I think we have to stand up up. Okay. We raise our right hand. Do you do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Yes, I do. What did you just promise? I promise to tell the truth. Explain how you’re eligible to become a US citizen. I have been a legal permanent resident for five years. What is your current legal name? My current legal name is Jennifer Maria Mendoza. Spell your family name. M E N D O Z A Is the name on your Green Card the same as your current legal name? No, I changed it. (When) I got married, my (name on my) Green Card was Jennifer Maria Rios. But then I got married to my husband and changed it (my last name) to Mendoza. What is your date of birth? My date of birth is October 14, 1968. What day did you become a legal permanent resident? I became a legal permanent resident on December 15, 2014. What is your country of birth? Oh excuse me: not 2014, 2013. Thank you, okay. What is your country of birth? My country of birth is Costa Rica. What is your country of nationality? My country of nationality is Costa Rica. Are you requesting any accommodations because of disability? No, I am not. What is your current home address. My current home address is 1331 East Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas California 9 5 1 3– Excuse me: 95035 How long have you lived at your current home address? I have lived at my current home address for five years. What is your previous home address? I don’t have a previous home address. How do you support yourself? I work in a store. I’m a sales clerk. Have you taken any trips outside the United States during the last five years? Yes, I took three trips to Mexico and two trips to Costa Rica. How many total days did you spend? The total days I spent outside the United States was a 160 days. Tell me about your last trip: When did you leave? My last trip: I left on December 15, 2017 and I came back January 6, 2018. Excuse me, where did you go? I went to Costa Rica on that trip, yeah. What is your current marital status? I am married. How many times have you been married? I have been married twice . . . twice. Yes. What is your spouse name? My current spouse’s name is Dan Mendoza. What’s the date of the marriage? The date of our marriage is January . . . January 20, 2013 Is your spouse a US citizen? He just became a US citizen. He just became a citizen two moths ago. Do you have any children? Yes, we have a child who is three years old. What is your child’s name? My child’s name is Ana. And was she born in the U.S.? Yes, yes. She was born here. Okay, where does she lives? She lives in the United States. She lives in Milpitas with us. Have you ever claimed to be a US citizen? No, I have not. Have you voted in a federal elections? No I have not. Do you have any title of nobility? No, no. Not in Costa Rica. Have you been declared legally incompetent? No, I have not. Have you ever failed to file your taxes? No, I have not. Do you owe any taxes? No, I do not. Have you ever failed to support your children? Never! No! Have you ever lied to the US government to get public benefits? No, I have not. Have you ever been deported? No, I have not. Have you ever served the US Armed Forces? No, I have not . Do you support the US Constitution and the form of government? Absolutely! I support the US Constitution. When is the US form of government? The U.S. form of government is a democracy. If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms in the US Army? Yes, I am. Are you willing to perform noncombatant service of the US Army? Yes, I am. Are you willing to help the government during the national emergency? Yes, I am. Do you promise that everything you said is true? Everything is true? Yes! Ok, so here you can go ahead and ask me these questions. Who is one of the your state’s US senator now? Kamala Harris. Name your US Representative. Ro Khanna. What is the name of the President of the United States now? What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now? If the president can no longer serve, who becomes the president? the Vice President If both the president and vice president cannot longer serve, who becomes the president? the Speaker of the House What are to cabinet-level positions? Secretary of State and Secretary of Education Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now? John Roberts Who is the governor of the state now? Jerry Brown What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now? Now it is Paul Ryan. Did I pass? Yes. Thank you so much! Happy Heritage Month! September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. And tonight we’re celebrating Constitution Day. And it’s Back-to-School Night. So thank you so much for coming.

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