Monday, March 18, 2019

Border Agents Train in Virtual Ports of Entry

VOANews: Border Agents Train in Virtual Ports of Entry

In his proposed 2020 budget, U.S. President Donald Trump asked Congress for $8.6 billion more for the construction of a border wall. With that in mind, Vice President Mike Pence visited an advanced Border Patrol Training Center in Harper's Ferry, W.Va., two days later. Thousands of soon-to-be Border Patrol agents receive training there in high tech scenarios that include a virtual reality room, border wall prototypes and a replica of a vehicle customs entry. Cristina Caicedo Smit reports.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of St Patrick's Day and Irish-American Heritage Month

A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of St Patrick's Day and Irish-American Heritage Month mp3 / pdf (10Questions)

03. From 1820 to 1860, almost 2 million Irish immigrants came to America to escape "The Great Hunger." What is one reason colonists came to America?

Q4: The "Know-Nothings" (1850s) was a group of native-born Americans which tried to stop Irish immigration.  The "Know-Nothings" thought that the Irish were “alien” and would not support US democracy because of their Catholic religion.  The "Know-Nothings" became too violent and failed. The Irish persevered and overcame discrimination and exploitation.  100 years later, what movement tried to end racial discrimination? 

The fight against xenophobia based on religious belief continues. See the #NoBanNoWall Citizenship Interviews  (Presidents's Week 2017)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Marriage Fraud

WMBB News 13: Marriage Fraud

A recent marriage fraud case in Florida and Alabama

Review the marriage section of the N-400

Friday, March 15, 2019

US Senate Rejects Trump’s Emergency Order, Veto Expected

The wall at the border of Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego; the crosses represent migrants who have died in crossing attempts.  © Tomas Castelazo, / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

VOANews: US Senate Rejects Trump’s Emergency Order, Veto Expected

Twelve Republican senators on Thursday joined Democrats to vote against American President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. (read more)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

U.S. Citizenship Class 18, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School

No, not Learning Chocolate, we will be taking Assessments

Tonight, Citizenship students will take a CASAS test 

Today we give 2 (or possibly 3) CASAS tests to our current Citizenship Students

  • The Citizenship Interview Test (CIT) is a one-on-one oral assessment that simulates the citizenship applicant's English-language interview with a USCIS examiner (This test will be given to students who have been in class for several months).
  • The Government and History for Citizenship tests reveal how much students know about American government and history. (All citizenship students will take this test)

Life and Work Reading Sample Test  (Some citizenship students will take this test)

Use these sample test items to:
  • familiarize students with CASAS items
  • help reduce student test-taking anxiety
These items are samples to familiarize students with CASAS test formats. Since they are not actual tests, they are not predictors of student performance, and are not valid for level placement, assessment, or for reporting standardized scores.
Printable Version
PowerPoint Version

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Historic Women’s Suffrage March on Washington

TED-ed: The Historic Women’s Suffrage March on Washington

Explore how the Women’s Suffrage Parade on Washington in 1913 helped women secure the right to vote in the United States through the 19th amendment.

Also see:
  • American Women who Fought for the Right to Vote mp3 / pdf 
  • Women in the Executive Branch LISTEN / READ
  • Women in the Legislative Branch Quiz LISTEN / READ (fixed)
  • Women in the Judicial Branch LISTEN / READ
  • More Citizenship Resources for Women's History Month post
  • The Political Year of the Woman Proves True post

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

U.S. Citizenship Class 17, Spring 2019, Milpitas Adult School

  • Mix-and-Match Series C interview (20 questions) for Intermediate Low ESL 3 students.
    • 1 and 2 plus USCIS Quiz: Name 2 or more
  • Future U.S. Citizens  
    • Unit 3 Lesson 2: Yes/No Questions in Present Perfect pg 136-137
Civics (6:30-7:30 choral reading(7:30-7:45 break)
Integration (7:45-8:45)
  • 7:45-8:15 Distribute handouts and read aloud with the students.  Have students take turns reading a page.  Give them time to complete the questions on each page (approx 5 min per page), then continue to the next page.
    • ESL Library: Statue of Liberty (pdf)
  • Quiz.  Review the quiz orally with the class
    • Citizenship Interview Quiz with Antonio Vazquez Gonzalez pdf

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    Vandana Yadav’s Third Practice Citizenship Interview

    uscitzenpod: Vandana Yadav’s Third Practice Citizenship Interview

    Download the pdf of the script and follow along. The closed captions have been updated!

    A “Typical” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (4 pages)

    Watch Vandana's previous interviews.

    Vandana Yadav’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview

    Vandana Yadav’s First Practice Citizenship Interview