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01.02 What is Citizenship Assessment:
Transcript of 01.02 What is Citizenship Assessment:
Conducted by Joel Rosengarten
The state of my life in the Dominican Republic was deplorable. The water and the food were awful. The entire country was just in shambles. Me and my son were the only things important to me. And getting to America.
Q1: What inspired you to become a U.S. citizen?
It was a extremely long process to become a citizen. First I had to apply to even be considered as becoming an American citizen. I later had to learn how to speak English. Another task I had was to make sure I could speak, read and write English for the test I was given. A huge part of the test was having to memorize a lot of the historical and government aspects of the U.S. Alongside I had to obtain the knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizens to further the process.
Q2:What steps did you have to take as part of the naturalization process?
I felt many ways about the process. I was very excited to possibly get in the America and become a citizen. But I was also very afraid. I had many questions like; " What if they don't accept me?" " What if my son and I are separated?" " What will we do if we have to go back?" But of course in the long run it worked out. And I'm so glad I was accepted.
Q3:How would you describe how you felt about the process?
The real question is how hasn't it changed my life. I am free to do as I wish. The food and water are pure and clean. My son was provided with a great education. And now there is so much more equality. I'm not treated as some uneducated fool. I am seen as a normal person full of opportunity. And I can not begin to tell you how great that feels.
Q4: How has citizenship changed your life?
Interviewee: Norma Ray Russo
Fun Facts about Norma:
Originally from Dominican Republic
Comes from a line of poverty
Only her son Mario came to America with her
Seeking education and a new life
Q5: Is your daily life different because of citizenship?
Definitely yes. I can now choose my job and what I get to do in my free time. It is just an invigorating and renewing experience. My life is so much better in every way.
Q6: Do you feel the process was worthwhile?
I think the process was very worthwhile and extremely necessary to my current existence. all these opportunities have changed my life for the better.
Q7: If you had to, would you do it again? Please explain.
Of course I would do it again! Although the process was quite lengthy and difficult, it was without a doubt worth the wait. The only thing I would change is that I'd absolutely would have done it much sooner than I did. I was just scared for me and my baby boy. But everything turned out so fantastic.
Q8: How have the citizens in your community treated you?
At first it was rough, I won't deny that. I hardly knew what I was doing. But when I got a job everything started getting easier. I made friends and acquaintances. at every corner. It was great! And that made things so much better for me.
The purpose of the naturalization process is to make sure that those applicants are qualified to become an American citizen. Applicants are put through a lengthy and extensive process including applications, testing and interviews to be considered.
I do think that the process is very well executed for the needs of America. It makes sure that the people allowed entrance are deserving of the freedom and opportunities presented by the United States of America.
I would only consider changing the logistics of the tests they are given. I would change it because the questions asked can be unfair because not even true born Americans know these answers about presidents, our wars and the government of the U.S.