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1. What inspired you to become a U.S. citizen?

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whitney buckingham

on 17 March 2014

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Transcript of 1. What inspired you to become a U.S. citizen?

7. If you had to, would you do it again? 8. Is there anything that you miss from here, that we do not have here?
Of course, I would do it all again, I love every bit of being a citizen, and am very thankful for the things I have been allowed here. There is one things I miss from home. That would just be, being accepted. Back home of course everyone was the same ethnicity and we all got along very well throughout neighborhoods. Where as here, everyone is very judgemental of people like me, because they are ignorant of what we really go through to be one them. Everyone is afraid of the unknown and not very welcoming. Thats about the only thing I miss.
1. What inspired you to become a U.S. citizen?
I was inspired to become a US citizen because, of the FREEDOM options the United States offers. I also, would like to have my children born here, and be legit citizens of America, and have the life everyone deserves.
2. What steps did you have to take as part of the naturalization process?
I first had to file an application, to even be considered. I had to learn to speak English. I had to be able to speak, read and write basic English for the naturalization test. I also had to learn the history and government aspects of the U.S., as it was a very big part of the test. I was also expected to know all right and responsibilities of citizens.
5. Is your daily life different because of citizenship? 6. Do you feel the process was worthwhile?
Well, as I mentioned before I am free to live my life, without feeling harmed, or in fear. I am free to get a job of my choice, where at home I was required to stay inside, and cook & clean. I can pay m own bills, with my hard earned money, and can rely on my self for anything. I love this, and I do not regret it in anyway.
3. How would you describe how you felt about the process?
Overall the process was very long and tedious. I really just wanted more than anything to be a citizen, but it was taking a very long time, considering you have to live here for 5 years, before it is official. But, I can certainly say it was WELL worth it.

4. How has citizenship changed your life?
Citizenship has changed my prospective of many things. I'm sure you have heard about the freedom I now have, and all of the opportunities I have as well. But, it has also changed my view on things. I've learned to appreciate everything I have, because you never know what can happen. Where I am from, people pass away everyday, tragedies happen hourly, and you never know what could happen to your valuables. So, living here gives me the chance to live my life the way I please, and feel safe doing it.
The purpose of the naturalization process is to make sure everyone who applies is actually qualified to become a citizen. They go through an extended amount of applications and testing, and interviews to even be considered. I believe that the process does its job very well. It allows those who deserve to come here, to come. It denies those who have committed extreme crimes, and those who cannot learn our language and history, which isn't such a bad thing.

The only thing I would even consider changing to the naturalization process would be the things they need to know.. Sure, knowing our presidents, and our wars fought, and our government history is important, but what percentage of americans actually know all of this? Sometimes, I think it is a little unfair to have them learn and remember things, most of us couldn't care less about.
Reflection, <3
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