Who’s a U.S. citizen? (Post-interview) | Lineup | Cut


– Whether you come here as poor where my mom have $15 versus
person who’s millions, right. The opportunities is here for you to do. So to me, being called
American is everything for me. (upbeat music) – Hi my name is Wora. I work for cosmetic retails. – My name is Phal Lim, I am an engineer. – My name is Kindra. – My name’s Maria. – And we are sisters. I’m a U.S. citizen. – And I’m not and then she’s older. – Are you’re parents U.S. citizens. – No, I’m the only one who holds the citizenship in our family. – That’s so interesting. – It was interesting to hear the guessers, like their perceptions I think
of what a U.S. citizen is. – I’d say by the way he’s dressed and his poor knowledge of U.S history that he is a U.S. citizen. (group laughing) – No, I think it was pretty obvious when I don’t really know
much about U.S. history. – I said you were a citizen. – Yeah.
– But you’re not. – No.
– What is your status. – I’m a DACA recipient. – You’re a DACA. – So DACA basically allows you
to work in the United States. Basically what they give you
is a social security number, a work visa, and a driver’s license so you can make a living and
support yourself in the U.S. – It just sort of gives
me a layer I guess. So that they can’t just
right away deport me. – DACA as you know is not
technically legal status so it’s always something that
can be taken away as well. And the program could
be stopped at any time. In fact, the Trump administration has already tried to stop it. – It was really emotional because so many people don’t know what’s going to happen to them. – It is very, very sad to me because most of my friends
are in similar situations. It was hard for them to get here or their lives back home were not safe. – Where are you from? – I was born in Cambodia.
– Really? – The whole thing yes. My mom was three months pregnant with me the day they took my father away to basically be murdered because he was a very educated man. We escaped Cambodia, walked
in the middle of the night into Thailand to where
the UN refugee camp. And then we stayed there
for about three years and the U.S. is one of the
people that accepted us. – Oh yeah absolutely for me. I couldn’t think of being
anywhere else in the world. – I’ve lived here my whole life, so this is all I’ve known. – No, not right now. – They’re trying to figure it out because again there’s a lot of loopholes. Like our whole immigration
system is broken, and it kind of makes you not want to try. – It takes so many years, takes copious amounts of
money that we don’t have. – You spend money on lawyers and then you get the answer no. And then there’s like do I
have to go to different lawyers to tell me the same answers. You know you feel helpless. – I do. Being a DACA recipient is hard in general. It’s not something that’s
going to be forever. I don’t really have anything
to go back to in Honduras. I don’t know really anyone and
home is where your family is. So therefore, the U.S. is my home. – I don’t want to become a U.S. citizen. I don’t think I’ll become a U.S. citizen. America definitely has
better opportunities. I don’t take those for granted, and it got me where I am today. But to me my priority is my family and my religion and I
definitely want to live somewhere where I am from that place. And that place is Ethiopia for me. – I don’t understand
why it’s so complicated. And it seems like it’s
deliberately complex and to stop people from even trying, to make them feel kind of hopeless. Because then they won’t attempt it. – For me, if I don’t get citizenship I still can live in Thailand. But people always want
to choose to be better. You want to have better house. You want to have better place to stay, and that’s the way humans are. And I don’t see why
they are pushing people who want to live in
here, working hard away. – I always get comments
like why don’t you just become a U.S. citizen, it’s super easy. Like why are you sitting
there doing nothing about it. But it’s like I’m trying
to do something about it but it’s just the circumstances I’m in is just really hard to do it. – I think a lot of people
take, to be honest with you, I do, not just citizenship. It’s just life, I think
people take life for granted. You know the world is a blank canvas. Go make something of yourself. Whether you come here as poor, where my mom have $15 versus
person who’s millions right. The opportunities here for you to do. – I would miss my friends because they are my family here. I’ve been thinking
about that lately a lot, but I think it’s going
to hit me once I move. So it will be interesting. It will be another culture
shock moving back there again. – No, it’s just water. (upbeat music)

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