Tuesday, May 28, 2013

USCIS 100 Remix Quiz "Sixes"



uscitizenpod: USCIS 100Qs Sixes

USCIS 100 Remix Quiz "Sixes" 06, 16, 26, 36, 46, 56, 66, 76, 86, 96

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Watch all ten Remix Quizzes starting with "Sixes" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQBNW387HLQ&feature=share&list=PLtyN34w6H7y5N2KJGxwUXtrP9tzZ3SKGZ

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Honors Military Service and Sacrifice

 Memorial Day Honors Military Service and Sacrifice

Arlington National Cemetary
VOA Learning English: We visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial and other honors to those who served America | This Is America

Memorial Day: Vietnam Time Line



uscitizenpod: Memorial Day: Vietnam Time Line

Ngo Huu Phuc reads "The Vietnam Time Line" essay in honor of Memorial Day. Mr Ngo was a mechanic in the South Vietnam Air Force. When this video was made, Mr Ngo was studying for US Citizenship at Milpitas Adult School; he became a US citizen in September 2009.

You can find a copy of "The Vietnam Time Line" in HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL DAYS IN THE USA by Mary Glasgow, Scholastic Inc., 2001, ISBN 1-900702-59-2.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall


uscitizenpod: The Vietnam War Memorial, Washington DC

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, The Three Soldiers, and The Vietnam Women's Memorial, plus one picture of the US-VN flags flying over the San Jose Vietnamese Heritage Garden.

USCIS 100:78. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*

▪ World War I
▪ World War II
▪ Korean War
▪ Vietnam War
▪ (Persian) Gulf War

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Soldiers Place US Flags in Arlington Cemetery for Memorial Day

USCIS 100:100. Name two national U.S. holidays.



VOAVideo: Soldiers Place US Flags in Arlington Cemetery for Memorial Day

On Memorial Day - Monday, May 27 this year - Americans remember those in the military who died while serving their country. Ahead of that day, soldiers place American flags in front of the more than 360,000 gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery, outside Washington. VOA's Deborah Block brings us to the famous military cemetery for what is known as the Flags-In Ceremony.

USCIS 100:100. Name two national U.S. holidays.

▪ New Year’s Day
▪ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
▪ Presidents’ Day
▪ Memorial Day
▪ Independence Day
▪ Labor Day
▪ Columbus Day
▪ Veterans Day
▪ Thanksgiving
▪ Christmas

Friday, May 24, 2013

West Wing Week: 05/24/13 or "Justice for Everybody"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 05/24/13 or "Justice for Everybody"

This week, the President continued his Jobs & Opportunity tour, this time highlighting bold new efforts in education and manufacturing in Baltimore, gave the commencement address at Morehouse College, invited the President of Myanmar, eight immigration reform advocates and DREAMers themselves, and Gershwin Prize winner Carol King and friends to the White House, and delivered a major counter-terrorism speech at the National Defense University.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

NEW Ten USCIS 100 Questions REMIXED Videos



Watch all ten USCIS 100 Questions REMIXED videos here.

Download PDFs of the USCIS 100 Remix Quizzes:
  • "Ones" 01, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91
  • "Twos" 02, 12, 22, 32, 42, 52, 62, 72, 82, 92
  • "Threes" 03, 13, 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73, 83, 93
  • "Fours" 04, 14, 24, 34, 44, 54, 64, 74, 84, 94
  • "Fives" 05, 15, 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, 85, 95
  • "Sixes" 06, 16, 26, 36, 46, 56, 66, 76, 86, 96
  • "Sevens" 07, 17, 27, 37, 47, 57, 67, 77, 87, 97
  • "Eights" 08.18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68, 78, 88, 98
  • "Nines" 09, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, 99
  • "Tens" 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100

Friday, May 17, 2013

West Wing Week: 05/17/13 or "We the Geeks"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 05/17/13 or "We the Geeks"

This week, the President honored fallen officers and top cops, spoke on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, invited both the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and of Turkey to the White House, and kicked off a new Google+ Hangout series on science and technology. That's May 10th through May 16th or, "We the Geeks."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Green Card Lottery Faces Elimination Under US Immigration Reform



VOAVideo: Green Card Lottery Faces Elimination Under US Immigration Reform

The popular Green Card Lottery program could be eliminated if the U.S. Congress passes the current version of the bipartisan immigration reform plan. The lottery was set up as a way to give anyone a chance at the "American dream." But as VOA's Brian Padden reports, the new plan will focus instead on adding more highly-educated workers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

USCIS San Jose Open House



uscitizenpod: USCIS San Jose Open House

On May 15, 2013, USCIS welcomed the public to their new USCIS San Jose Field Office, 1450 Coleman Avenue Santa Clara, CA 95050 (across the street from COSTCO and near the San Jose Airport). The event included a presentation of "Demystifying the Naturalization Process" and an Oath Ceremony. Kudos to the USCIS for a job well done!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Washington Newseum Honors 82 Journalists Killed in 2012

USCIS 100:06 6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*



VOAVideo: Washington Newseum Honors 82 Journalists Killed in 2012

The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and also protects freedom of the press. But in many countries, journalists are not allowed to report the news or criticize their governments, and are punished or even killed for doing so. And in war zones, journalists are frequently exposed to crossfire. The dangers to journalists are evident in the number of those killed in the line of duty. VOA's Carolyn Presutti takes us to the Newseum in Washington, to show us the most dangerous country for journalists in 2012.


The Newseum is a museum dedicated to freedom of the press and other First Amendment issues.
For more info about the Newseum, see www.newseum.com.

Also see: uscitizenpod: Voice of America and the Newseum

USCIS 100:06 6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*

▪ speech
▪ religion
▪ assembly
▪ press
▪ petition the government

Monday, May 13, 2013

Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II


uscitizenpod: Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II

The Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II is a memorial and monument designed by Davis Buckley and Japanese American artist Nina Akamu. The work is located at Louisiana Avenue and D Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. The memorial commemorates Japanese American war involvement, veterans and patriotism during World War II, as well as those held in Japanese American internment camps:

Gila River War Relocation Center, Arizona
Granada War Relocation Center, Colorado (AKA "Amache")
Heart Mountain War Relocation Center, Wyoming
Jerome War Relocation Center, Arkansas
Manzanar War Relocation Center, California
Minidoka War Relocation Center, Idaho
Poston War Relocation Center, Arizona
Rohwer War Relocation Center, Arkansas
Topaz War Relocation Center, Utah
Tule Lake War Relocation Center, California

For more info, see njamf.us/

Also George Takei has re-counted the internees' experience in a new musical, Allegiance. For more info, see www.allegiancemusical.com

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Two VOA Stories about Immigration



VOAVideo: Washington Week: Obama Trip to Mexico Keeps Focus on Immigration Reform


Washington's political cacophony will be muffled this week, with Congress in recess and President Barack Obama scheduled to travel outside the United States. Even so, the president's trip to Mexico and Central America will shine a spotlight on efforts to overhaul America's immigration system. VOA's Michael Bowman reports.



VOAVideo: Same-Sex Spouses Seek Equal Immigration Rights

Published on Feb 21, 2013
Americans who marry citizens of other countries have the right to sponsor their spouse for legal immigrant status. That option is forbidden to same-sex couples, however, even those legally married in one of the U.S. states that permit it -- because a federal law defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman. VOA's Carolyn Weaver reports on the dilemma that bi-national same-sex couples face. They fear the law may force them to leave the U.S. or tear them apart.

Friday, May 10, 2013

West Wing Week: 05/10/13 or "I Dare You to Do Better"




wh.gov: West Wing Week: 05/10/13 or "I Dare You to Do Better"

This week, the President made his fourth trip to Mexico, continued on to Costa Rica, spoke to the graduating class of 2013 at the Ohio State University, hosted the new President of South Korea, discussed hurricane preparedness, and kicked off a series of Jobs, Skills and Opportunity tours in the Lone Star State.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Freedom of the Press: A Tour of VOA and the Newseum

USCIS 100:06. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*


uscitizenpod: Voice of America and the Newseum

These are some of the pictures from my tour of VOA and the Newseum.

Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast institution of the United States federal government. VOA provides a wide range of programming for broadcast on radio and TV and the Internet outside of the U.S. in 43 languages.

VOA produces about 1,500 hours of news and feature programming each week for an estimated global audience of 123 million people, "to promote freedom and democracy and to enhance understanding through multimedia communication of accurate, objective, and balanced news, information and other programming about America and the world to audiences overseas."

Check out Voice of America at www.VOANews.com or learningenglish.voanews.com.
For more VOA info/history, go to www.insidevoa.com.


The Newseum is a museum dedicated to freedom of the press and other First Amendment issues.

For more info about the Newseum, see www.newseum.com.

USCIS 100:06 6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?*

▪ speech
▪ religion
▪ assembly
▪ press
▪ petition the government

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Weekly Address: Fixing our Immigration System and Expanding Trade in Latin America

You can watch President Obama's speech or read along with the second video.




Weekly Address: Fixing our Immigration System and Expanding Trade in Latin America

President Obama describes the incredible opportunities to create middle-class jobs in the United States by deepening our economic ties and expanding trade in Latin America and discusses recent Senate bill that takes commonsense steps to fix our broken immigration system.



ListenAndReadAlong: President Obama May 4th, 2013 - Weekly Address - 20130504

"In Mexico, I also talked about immigration reform, because that's an important issue that affects both our countries.

The truth is, right now, our border with Mexico is more secure than it's been in years. We've put more boots on that border than at any time in our history, and illegal crossings are down by nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000. But we've got more to do -- not just to secure the border but to fix an immigration system that is badly broken.

In recent weeks, we've seen a commonsense immigration reform bill introduced in the Senate. This bill is a compromise, which means that nobody got everything they wanted -- including me. But it's largely consistent with the principles I've laid out from the beginning.
It would continue to strengthen security at our borders and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers.

It would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are already in this country illegally.

And it would modernize our legal immigration system so that we're able to reunite families and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who will help create good paying jobs and grow our economy.

These are all commonsense steps that the majority of Americans support. So there's no reason that immigration reform can't become a reality this year."

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

National Air and Space Museums


uscitizenpod: National Air and Space Museums

The National Air and Space Museums--Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and on the Washington Mall plus a N-400 Section 7 Travel pop quiz!

N-400 Part 7 Time Outside of the US

1 Have you taken any trips outside the US?

2 How many total days did you spend outside of the US during the past five years?

3 How many trips have you taken outside of the US during the past five years?

4 Tell me about your last trip.

5 When did you return?

6 Did the trip last more than six months?

7 Where did you go?

8 How long were you gone?

9 Why did you go?

10 Have you taken any other trips in the past five years?

Monday, May 6, 2013

National Museum of the American Indian

USCIS 100:87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.


uscitizenpod: National Museum of the American Indian

I could only take a couple of photos of the NMAI because I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. For good overview, watch National Museum of the American Indian Museum--5 years in 4 minutes

USCIS 100:87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

[USCIS Officers will be supplied with a list of federally recognized American Indian tribes.]

▪ Cherokee
▪ Navajo
▪ Sioux
▪ Chippewa
▪ Choctaw
▪ Pueblo
▪ Apache
▪ Iroquois
▪ Creek
▪ Blackfeet
▪ Seminole
▪ Cheyenne
▪ Arawak
▪ Shawnee
▪ Mohegan
▪ Huron
▪ Oneida
▪ Lakota
▪ Crow
▪ Teton
▪ Hopi
▪ Inuit


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Jefferson's Bible Sparks Debate over Religion in America

USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?



VOAVideo: Jefferson's Bible Sparks Debate over Religion in America

America's founding fathers broke with the tradition of state-sponsored religion when they separated church and state in the new republic. But religion continues to divide Americans, and one of the key disagreements is over what the early leaders themselves believed. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports on a daring experiment by Thomas Jefferson.

USCIS 100:10. What is freedom of religion?

▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

How Immigration Reform Could Affect English Learners



VOALearningEnglish: How Immigration Reform Could Affect English Learners

From VOA Learning English, this is Education. Immigration reform is a top policy goal this year in Washington. President Obama and a group of Democratic and Republican senators who have been preparing legislation agree on one thing. Millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally will have to start learning English before they can begin the process of becoming legal residents. But school systems that face shrinking budgets are still cutting or eliminating English classes. Overcrowding is especially bad in California. That state is home to one of every four non-English-speaking immigrants in the United States. (read more)

Friday, May 3, 2013

West Wing Week: 05/03/13 or "Nobody Does It Better"



wh.gov: West Wing Week: 05/03/13 or "Nobody Does It Better"

This week, President Obama spoke at the Planned Parenthood conference and the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, met with the King of Jordan, made five personnel announcements, celebrated the sciences and the Joining Forces Initiative, and embarked on a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence


uscitizenpod: Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

The memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence within the park known as Constitution Gardens on the National Mall. This memorial was a gift from the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. Dedicated on July 2, 1984, the 56 stones, each with the signer's signature, occupation, and hometown, expresses the strength and dignity of the men who risked all for liberty. To learn more about this memorial, see www.nps.gov/foju/upload/take2.pdf

USCIS 100:9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

▪ life
▪ liberty
▪ pursuit of happiness

USCIS 100:62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

▪ (Thomas) Jefferson

USCIS 100:63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

▪ July 4, 1776