Who’s a U.S. citizen? | Lineup | Cut

Who’s a U.S. citizen? | Lineup | Cut

♪ Oh say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn’s early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ – I actually don’t know any words. (playful music) – Hello. – My name’s Collin, and
I’m a student at UW. – My name is Ian Perganin, and I am an immigration lawyer. – I think, I think I’m supposed to be guessing who’s a US citizen. – Oh my god. Like, legally? – That’s gonna be interesting. – I was not. I’m from Kenya. – I am a US citizen. – I feel like as an immigration lawyer, I should have a good feel of who’s a citizen and who’s not, since I deal with it all the time. – Y’all are so pretty. – Hi, what’s your favorite food? – My favorite food’s sushi. – I guess that doesn’t
mean anything, right? (laughing) – Do you speak any other languages? – I speak French and I speak Amharic. – What country is that language from? – Which one?
– The second one. – Amharic?
– Yeah. – That’s from Ethiopia. – Ethiopia. – Are you Habesha?
– Yeah. – I know my Habeshas. Okay, okay, okay. Are you adopted? – No. – No, okay, I just know a lot of people who are adopted. – What year was the US
constitution written? – 1872? – That’s a good guess,
that’s a good guess. I won’t say the answer so. (laughing) – Yeah, I think so, I think you are a U.S. citizen. – I’m gonna say no, she’s not a citizen. – But you’re a citizen, though. – I am. – What makes you think I’m not? – ‘Cause I know the whole citizenship process is
pretty long and hard. Maybe you’re like in the
process, I don’t know. – I’m gonna guess maybe
you were born in Ethiopia, came as refugees, probably
got your green card, and then your parents naturalized, and you became a citizen through them. – Okay. – Hi, I’m Collin. – Calum. – Calum? – Calum, like column with an M and an A. – What country is your accent from? – England. – England, okay, that
was gonna be my guess. – You dress very European. (laughing) – These are all American
companies, there’s Levis, and. – But there’s a way to style it – Okay. – And a way where it seems more European. – Okay. – Okay, give us your.
– This is my real. – American English accent – Oh you want.
– Yeah, the American. – Well, I can only do a southern accent. (laughing) – I’d like more coleslaw with that. – I’d like more coleslaw. (laughing) – Can you throw this in the garbage bin. – Can you throw this in the garbage bin? – I think he’s not a U.S. citizen. – Because of the British accent, I’m gonna say he’s not. – I’m gonna say he’s not a citizen. Cool, hey thanks a lot man. Yeah, yeah.
(laughing) – What is your favorite food? – Tacos, daily. – Tacos daily? – How was your background, were your parents like strict? – Yeah, I had to check
in with them constantly when I was younger. – Mmm, that says a lot, you know how immigrant parents are. (laughing) – What did you do for the fourth of July? Did you watch a fireworks display? – No. – Can you recite the pledge of allegiance? – Yeah. I stand allegiance, wait. – I pledge allegiance. – Oh, pledge allegiance. – I’m gonna say no. These are a lot of no’s, this cannot be good. – What is the supreme rule of the land? – The constitution. – Imma say she’s a U.S. citizen. That question is, maybe
if you’ve taken the test, the civics test, that’s one
of the questions on there. So, that’s what I’m gonna guess. – Come on over, I’m Fatima.
– Paul. – What do you do for a living? – I’m just an engineer. – Have you been in the
Seattle area for long? – Yes, since ’87. – What is your favorite food? – Big meat eater. Vegetable, not so much, but yeah. – That’s very American, very American. – How many amendments to
the constitution are there? – I think there’s 10,
I think, I’m not sure. – Actually it’s 27. – Oh, okay. – Yeah.
(laughing) You’re not a citizen. Just, I think you haven’t
taken the test yet. That’s gonna be my guess. – I’d say you are a U.S citizen. You’re dressed very. – Old? – Yeah, older, but also very, like, my dad dresses like that. (laughing) – Do you speak any other language? (speaking in foreign language) – Oh, okay. (speaking in a foreign language) – What is the official
language of the United States? – I’m gonna guess it’s English. I mean, wait, am I wrong? – Well there is really
no official language. Who is the current Supreme
Court Chief Justice? I’m gonna say you’re a citizen. – Can I ask why? – Why do you think that? – Because if you’re educated
in the United States and you’ve probably grew up here, a lot of that you won’t know. – Next up, oh, hmmm. (noises) (laughing) – I’d say off of your vibe, you’re not a U.S. citizen. – What’s the vibe that I’m giving off that I’m not a U.S. citizen? – You just seem foreign. – Name one war that the United States fought in the 1800’s. – Civil War? – Unsure of your answer,
is that your final answer? – Civil War. – What is your typical sports Super Bowl kind of day look? – I don’t like football. – No, you’re not a citizen. – Imma go with you’re not a citizen. You probably are here to
throw me off, it seems so. (laughing) So that’s why I’m just
gonna guess with that. – I’m Collin. – Laura, nice to meet you. – Nice to meet you. Your accent sounds, like not an American accent. (scoffs) But that, I’m sorry. – It’s okay.
– Yeah. (laughing) – Last name? (speaking in a foreign language) Okay, see, I would repeat that, but. – I guess, try to speak like I do, like. – I guess, try to speak like I do. (snapping)
(laughing) – Have you been in this
area for very long? – 18 years. – 18 years.
– Yes. – Getting your citizenship doesn’t take more than 18 years, usually. Yeah, I think you are a citizen. – You are not a U.S. citizen. (laughing) – What do you do, are you, school, work? – I work at a manufacturing plant. – Do you have family
here in the states, then? – Yeah. – Is all of your family members here? – Dad, Mom. – What is your favorite beer? – A Madepo. – Madelo. (laughing) – She’s like, let me tell you. – Who was the third U.S. president? – What? – Who was the second U.S. president? – Don’t even. – How about this, what month do we vote for president? That’s an easier one. – Is it September, October? – November. – I’d say, by the way he’s dressed, and his poor knowledge of U.S. history, that he is a U.S. citizen. (laughing) – Imma say that you’re a U.S. citizen. – Oh yeah, a citizen, he is a citizen. (dramatic music) – Oh, lord. – Oh wow.
(screams) – Okay I got you right. – That’s pretty good,
I think that’s passing. – I got most of you guys wrong. – Okay, this is pretty good. Out of, how many people, eight people, I expected to get all of them right. Okay, okay, okay. – Hi.
– Hey. – Did I get you right? – You got me wrong. I’m not a citizen. – Okay. – So you were born in Ethiopia, right? – I was born in Ethiopia,
I’m not a refugee. – [Man] Okay. – I came with the diversity visa. – I totally forgot about
the diversity lottery. – Yeah. – I’m sorry. – Are you looking into
becoming a U.S. citizen? – I think I’ll spend most
of my life in Ethiopia, I’d rather just stay with
my Ethiopian citizenship, since it doesn’t allow dual citizenship. – [Fatima] Oh, it doesn’t? – No. – So, oh, okay, that makes sense. – So I don’t know if you’ve heard about the current administration,
they want to do away with the diversity lottery. – Yeah. – How do you feel about that? – I mean, I think it’s
something that people here don’t know, they think immigrants are just coming, like the government
has been going there, and getting people to come here, that’s one misconception, I don’t know if it’s the right thing
or wrong thing to do. This country needs to decide for itself. – Cool, thank you. – You’re welcome. – You tricked me. Was that accent. – No it’s real. – Okay, it’s a real accent. – So you are a citizen, I got that wrong. – Yeah. – You were not born in the U.S. then? – No, correct.
– Okay. – I was born in the U.K. – In the U.K. – To an American mother. – So you have dual citizenship. – Yes. – I don’t get it, I’m confused. – My mom was able to pass
on to me and my sister. – Oh, okay. – And then, we could pass
it on to any kids we had. – Oh really. – It’s nice to have. – Did the election make
you want to just, like. – Oh of course, yeah.
– Hop off and just. – I’m out soon, I’m thinking about it. – You and me both. – Right? – Did I get you right? – Yes. – I said you were a citizen, right? – Yeah, U.S. citizen. – Okay, now were you born here, though? – Yes. – But your family is originally from? – From Mexico and Guatemala.
– Mexico and Guatemala. That’s right.
– And that’s my sister. – That is your sister, okay. – Yeah. – Wow, I did not even
put two and two together. – Oh my god, how did I not catch that? Okay actually, can I get them to stand next to each other, so I can? – Oh lord, I can’t believe I missed it. – Are your parents U.S. citizens? – No, I’m the only one who holds the citizenship in our family. – That’s so interesting. – A mixed status family,
that’s what we call it. – Given the current climate, and stuff, how does that make you
feel about the future for you and your family? – Scared, you know, ’cause I
don’t know what’s gonna happen, but at the same time, it makes me want to fight more, be resistant. – Sure. – But you can travel inside the U.S. – I, we can, yeah, travel, but then again, the fear of deportation, like airports, even Greyhound, you just have that fear that you’re gonna get stopped and checked. – And they can just, like. – Grab you and detain you, and we have a. If you’re here in Washington, they’ll take you to the
detention center in Takoma. – Wow.
– Yeah, we have one here, so. – Where are you from? – I was born in Cambodia. – You were born in Cam, oh, okay. – Yes. My mom came as a refugee and she applied for citizenship and for the whole thing and once she qualified,
she passed the test, and I was part of that. – Got it, so you didn’t
even have to take the test. – Well, I did not have to take the test, but I was underage yet.
– Right, yeah. – Was there like a war or something? – Yeah, the Khmer Rouge war,
where half the people died. – Half? – The whole thing about the killing field and all the stuff, yeah,
it’s a typical component in the story back in the 70’s. – No way, wow, that’s amazing. Oh my god, that was so great, great to meet you, thank you, wow. – I said you were a citizen. – Yeah.
– But you’re not. – No, I’m a DACA recipient. – You’re a DACA.
– DACA. – Do you know what that is? – Yeah, it’s a deport, no, undocu. – Deferred. – Deffered Action Children. – Childhood Arrival. – Arrivals.
– Yeah. – How long have you been in the U.S. – 13 now. – Wow, and you’ve been mostly
in Florida, during the. – Yeah. – DACA as you know, it’s not
technically legal status, it’s just a decision by
the government to not deport you, right.
– Yeah. – So it’s always something that can be taken away, as well, in fact, the Trump administration has
already tried to stop it. – Yeah. – The sisters that tricked
me, so this is the other one. So you don’t have your citizenship at all? – No.
– Wow, is it just. – I just have DACA, too. – DACA, wow, so is it
during the time where your family went back? – Yeah ’cause I was in my mom’s womb. – Womb, yeah, and then
you were born there. – How does that feel,
to have a sister who’s sort of, you know, she’s unrestricted. She can go wherever she wants, she has no fear of being deported? – Like honestly this is
the only thing I know, and it’s just frustrating ’cause people. It’s only a piece of paper
the makes you a U.S. citizen, which is really dumb. – Right, right. – Hello! So you’ve said you’ve
been here for 18 years? – Yes, correct.
– Wow, from where? – From Thailand. – From Thailand, ay. – Yes. – Do you have dual citizenship? – Yes I do. I got my green card first, – Okay. – Followed by my mom. – Okay. – And then I become citizen
after that five years. – So you actually did take the test. – I did. – If you were to choose one or the other? – For me, I would choose
American citizenship. For my gender information,
in Thailand, I’m a male. – Wow.
– In America, I’m a female. So it’s more easy for me to living life. – Hi, did I get you right? – Oh, yeah. – Oh yes!
(laughing) – You could tell by the knowledge. – Yeah, the knowledge. – It’s all right here.
– The U.S. history. – From your standpoint, being born here and everything like that,
what message do you have to people who come in and
have to go through it, yeah. – Keep pursuing your dream, you know? – Yeah. – It’s still gonna be hard, coming from a different background,
because people are really closed minded, so. – Exactly, true, true. – Do you see the U.S. as
a nation of immigrants? – Oh, yeah, if you go back to your roots, you know, you’re an immigrant too, so you can’t really
judge other immigrants on how they got here or why they’re here. – Awesome, thank you, thank you so much. – Thank you. (drumming) – I learned that I needed to put away any pre-conceived notions I had of people. – We do have a stereotype
for what an American needs to be, or what
they need to look like. – I don’t know, when it comes down to it, they’re just people, and
everyone wants the same thing, to succeed, and happiness, and yeah. It’s so sad, I’m sorry. (crying) (laughing) (clapping) – [Man] Thank you so much. (group talking)


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    This is tough because immigrants can be citizens and citizens born in the U.S. can know nothing about their country

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    A J

    Im an American citizen (born here dude) and I couldn’t have answered any of those us history questions. Ugh mr Ames would have been so disappointed.

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    Sarah Vibert

    Why the fuck is there a test of our countries history to become a citizen when half the people who were born here barely know this shit and it has nothing to do with them being a secure and stable person

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    DD Bears35

    I was born in Texas. My father is from Canada my moms from Indiana. But my bloodline is it Ukrainian Russian and French. I wish I could go back into that area and live because America people think this is the land of the free it’s not. It’s work work work work high cost of living a lot of people in property……It’s just really hard and there’s so many people that aren’t going through the proper procedures to live in this country. And really risking not being able to in the future. We all come from different places my great grandparents came from Ukraine. But they did it properly. I don’t feel for people that do it where they feel like the laws do not apply if everybody else has to do it then I think they should too. Regardless of where they’re coming from and why they’re coming from where they’re coming from.

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    Ally K

    Am I crazy or did the lawyer guy say “¿como aprendé tu español?” instead of “¿como aprendiste tu español?”

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    Lyheang Chhay

    OMG I’ve been watching cut for so quite a bit and this is the first time I see Cambodian in the video. It’s so rare! From Cambodia ✌️

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    Piper K

    Half of these questions the the immigration lawyer was asking I didn’t even know and I was born and raised here 😂

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    Deangela Huddleston

    That last guy finger snaps yesss he gets it. You can't judge other immigrants if your background roots are immigrants

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    muskan mohammadi

    i mean my moms been in canada for 17 years and she still doesnt have her citizenship and she has no accent whatsoever

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    briana ramirez

    frick i hope this isn't creepy or stalkerish but WHO IS THE GIRL IN THE RED JACKET SHE IS SOOOO BEAUTIFUL WTF

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    I cant tell if thats a bruise or a hickey on callums neck. Im gonna assume its a hickey, but thats…. a really big hickey. Then again it might be perspective

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    That guy in blue shirt started tearing up… It’s so sweet. I am a green card holder and half of Americans who are against immigrants don’t even know what it took me to get where I am today. But I am gonna keep fighting because this is my destiny and so are these people.

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    Tim Tim

    y'all are over here talking about trannies and mediocre looking girls when this bombshell in the dress is radiating beauty on a level comparable to a goddess smh. She's easily the most attractive person this show has ever seen lmao

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    We the people Of the United States

    13:09 tell that to trump and the racists that voted for him. I'm mean you don't have to look back that far to find out that your origins were from an immigrant family. It's ok though God don't like ugly just wait and time will fix everything and we will look back on this presidency and feel ashamed.

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    Laura Tieffel

    Sorry… if you've been here ILLEGALLY for 13 + years and haven't even tried to become a citizen that's on you! Not Trump or anyone else.

    Obama deported more then Trump, Obama put children in cages, Obama armed the Drug Cartels via #FastnFurious. Which not only killed my friend #BrianTerry, but 16 children in a Mexican school shooting, Jaime Zapata and others in Mexico that we don't even know yet! OBAMA IS EVIL….

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    It cracks me up when people get their citizenship and then worry about deportation. You're a U.S. Citizen… you can't be fucking deported. Stop being retarded.

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    pooplord96 jj

    Bruh im a 7th grader who recently became a citizen but all those questions about the U.S. are super simple

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    long nguyen

    Tbh I don’t care about such thing as having an U.S citizenships to have the most basic rights in life. I came here as an international students 3 years ago and paid in full for my education, no loan and such, I still need to pay for my taxes like sale tax, rent tax, car tax, etc. and guess what the Government still a bitch ass to us all and doesn’t allow us to work for a side income to cover those costs. I mean like geez, if you’re saying that I choose to come here then suck it and stop complaining, well it’s true..and I’m aware of that. But I chose it here and still stay here til today cause I chose to believe in the good side of this country, and to fly away from your home country to a country that see you as nothing, it clearly shows that I love this country to death. I still do want justice and most basic rights to those immigrants that come here legally, and doing our best to contributes to this country. Thanks !

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    naya b

    the guy that seemed to know the most got almost all of them wrong and the girl that seemed to know the least got most of them right

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    Fernanda Orozco

    Awww the guy at the end was so sweet. He almost started crying. What he said was true though…”we are all human beings and we all want the same thing…to succeed and happiness.”😭❤️

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    Kloe Ketelsen

    Ok so a lot of immigrants will say that our freedom was free so y isn't theres. Actually we foght for our freedom in something called a war. Your fighting for your freedom in a more civil way. So technically you guys are the lucky ones not, not us us born citizens

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    Maria Z

    I like how the last guy thinks, it is true how can someone criticize immigrants when every one comes from immigrants 👏🏻 history is a fact.

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