Friday, November 24, 2017

Philanthropist: 'I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time'

VOANews: Philanthropist: 'I Cannot Eat Three Bowls of Rice at One Time'

Vietnamese-American entrepreneur donates $10 million to help Harvey and California flooding victims rebuild. Elizabeth Lee talks with philanthropist Kieu Hoang.  Read more

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Citizenship Resources for Thanksgiving

US Citizenship Podcast

American English at State

EL Civics

VOA News

USCIS Thanksgiving Resources
Beginning Level Thanksgiving 1 Lesson Plan
Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 58, 59, and 87.
Beginning Level Thanksgiving 2 Lesson Plan
Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test items 58, 59, 64, 96, and 100.
Beginning Level Thanksgiving 3 Lesson Plan
Thanksgiving lesson plan and handouts for literacy students and low beginners covering civics test item 100.
Intermediate Level Early America Lesson
The Early America lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 10, 58, 59, and 87.

Check back for updates!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Citizenship Interview 2017

In this episode,we reflect on the Pilgrims Immigration and first year in America by pairing these events with twelve questions from the N-400 Application for Naturalization.  

MP3: (2017)
MP4: (video with closed captions)
PDF: (download and follow along!)
MP3: (listen to the 2016 questions only)

More Citizenship Resources for Thanksgiving are available at

Don't miss our new video: Ahn Dung's Citizenship Interview

I am happy to report that Ahn Dung and his wife Phuong passed their Citizenship Interviews on Tuesday, November 21. Look for their report back video on the uscitizenpod YouTube channel and subscribe.

LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Class 27, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

  • DINNER!  Tonight we will eat together in honor of Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving N-400 Interview (2016) pdf and mp3 
  • A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10 qs in honor of Thanksgiving 2015 pdf and mp3
  • Thanksgiving and USCIS Citizenship Question

Monday, November 20, 2017

Presidential Pardon for Thanksgiving Turkey Has Long Tradition

uscitizenpod: Presidential Pardon for Thanksgiving Turkey Has Long Tradition

The annual “pardoning” of White House turkeys each year by American presidents is an interesting tradition leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. It is said that President Abraham Lincoln’s clemency for a turkey was the origin for the pardoning ceremony that is now so well publicized. VOA’s Nikoleta Ilic has this report about the turkeys that are given to American Presidents.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Anh Dung Tran's Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Anh Dung Tran's Citizenship Interview

Anh Dung's last practice interview--next week, he goes to the real interview at the USCIS San Jose Field Office.  His interview is based on:

A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Despite Health Risks, Undocumented Immigrants Clean Up Houston

uscitizenpod: Despite Health Risks, Undocumented Immigrants Clean Up Houston

It's been more than two months since Hurricane Harvey destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes across Houston and east Texas, and cleanup is expected to last 20 months, overtaking Hurricane Katrina as the most expensive rebuilding effort in U.S. history. Undocumented workers are part of the daunting task of reconstructing America's fourth-largest city. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports they are doing so despite multiple risks.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Class 26, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

uscitizenpod: The US Constitution

  • Mix and Match Citizenship Interviews pdf
  • Voices of Freedom Activity Book (Part 12)
  • Lan Thi Nguyen (Vietnam): Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview Quiz 2015 pdf

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

VOA Tours an Immigrant Detention Center

VOANews: VOA Tours an Immigrant Detention Center

Current U.S. policy is to detain those who ask for asylum once they reach a U.S. port of entry regardless of whether they have a valid visa. VOA immigration reporter Aline Barros visited a detention center in New Jersey and spoke with those who went through the asylum process while detained. Originally published at -

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Class 25, Fall 2017, Milpitas Adult School

  • Mix and Match Citizenship Interviews pdf
  • Voices of Freedom Activity Book (Part 12)


  • Claudia Rios Castro: A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs about the Branches of Gov’t Part 1 pdf

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Second Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Native American Heritage Month

A Second Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Native American Heritage Month; Focus: Notable Native Americans

video with CC:

November is Native American Heritage Month so today we are going to listen our Second Citizenship Quiz in Honor American Indians.  Download the bonus pdf and answer the questions.

Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month
10 USCIS Civics questions focusing on Recent Native American History and Legislation 2016

Go to Indian Country Media Network and check out these two blog posts:

Native American Radio (and Podcasts) You Can Take Anywhere
Chelsey Luger • June 16, 2017

For Your Online Listening Pleasure: 12 Great Native Podcasts
Monica Braine • April 8, 2017

TIP: Pick a topic that it interesting to you such a music, art, or technology and then listen to an Native American podcast that matches your interest.  You'll sharpen your English listening skills for your Citizenship Interview while learning more about Native Americans from Native Americans.

LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ro Khanna Veterans Day Town Hall Meeting at Newark Memorial High School

Veterans Day Town Hall Meeting 2:00 pm at Newark Memorial High School

2:02 Alan Nagyy, Newark mayor--leads the Pledge of Allegiance--and quickly introduces  Ro Khanna

Ro recognizes 3 WWII vets (includes Purple Heart Fil-Am vet)

Short poem for Vets Day "Awakening"

Good News: Ro talks about the passing of a bi-partisan bill to give training to vets to enter the private sector

2:14 Ro's opening remarks

Q1: Extended public Thank You for Ro's bill H.R.1889 - Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act .  How do we stop Trump's terrible attack on the environment?
RK1: I have seen any administration so blatantly disregard science. Call out Sec. Pruitt dismantling his dept. We must build coalitions to protect the environment. (20 GOP reps support climate change science). Strengthen state and local law. Trump does not speak for us on environment. Dems cannot compromise on the environment--basic form of humility in keeping with religious traditions.
Q2: What is the status on the 7500 dollar tax credit on electric vehicles?
RK2: Ro supports the credit. Will check on the status.

Q3: How to stop gun violence?
RK3: Ted Lieu says "No more moments of silence--we must act!" We want bipartisan support of 5 day waiting period to buy guns; no action on weaponized guns. We need massive pressure on Congress to. Act; not a single bill on gun control have even come to the floor.

Q4: Ban on Syrian refugees and others
RK4: Confusion on extreme vetting, Refugees are already vetted. Profiling these counties are antithetical to our values.

Q5: We have ceded tax conversation to the GOP; Dems need to take the conversation back.
RK5. Comments about the GAIN Act. We don't care about revenue neutrality; We need to give tax relief to the middle class who will spend in their local community (thereby creating more jobs); investor class moves money our of the country. Anti-Trump msg is too easy.

Q6: Why is there so much partisanship?
RK6: Personal relationships across party lines help heal the divide. Why hyper-partisanship? We need to actively look for commonality (Congressional members reflect their communities). Partisanship maintains current leadership in power. People must demand cooperation.

Q7: Investment in DSL and Hi-speed fiber--not everyone is connected
RK7: Break up fiber monopolies. Fiber to the last mile; support net-neutrality; demand investment in fiber infrastructure

Q8: Concern about the exodus from the State Dept. How do we retain expertise?
A8: It's a bipartisan concern.   We are are not preserving expertise. We need ideas how to retain our diplomatic staff.

Q9: Thanks for HR392. There's a huge Green Card backlog.  What's happening?
RK9: having people continually on H-1B depresses American wages because the employer maintains the power; Cultural damage due to mixed msgs to DACA kids--they MUST belong (or we erode the American Dream).

Q10: How can we support Social Security? 
RK10: GOP wants tax cuts and cuts to SocSec such as a later retirement.  Problems with labor displacement; prosperity should be shared--we can afford it. SocSec is not an economics question--it's a moral question.

Q11: Question about China's (and Trumps????) initiative to eliminate poverty.
RK11: I need to see the initiative before I comment on it.

Q12: Federal Board job?
RK12: Yeah, Trump's not going to pick me. I love my job because I can speak my mind and my values matches the my district.

Q13: Thanks for honoring vets. Concern about ADA and funding education for the Disabled.
RK13: Ro links Trump recent comment in China about "winning" with Trump's disregard for the disabled (and vulnerable). Trump's comment in China. “I don't blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for benefit of their citizens? I give China great credit.” Ro response: winning is not the only thing that matters; we must expose Trump's Darwinian world view as false.
Follow-up comment: please pursue bi-partisanship. Ro responds, Yes, I will pursue bipartisanship to protect the disabled--give me your contact info.

Q14: Concern about cuts to Medical Deductions and Alzheimer's funding
RK14: (Thanks questioned for raising his consciousness about Alzheimer's) Want to save money? Close loopholes on corporate tax breaks INSTEAD of cutting medical deductions

Q15: Please share in a day in a life of Ro Khanna in Wash DC
RK15: It's like high school; bells, entice people with free food to come mtgs; hand out flyers to come to mtgs; meet people (not enough visit people from CA-17--c'mon!).

Q16: Voting interference from other countries?
RK16: documented systematic voter suppression in minority communities is a bigger concern; We need bipartisanship inquiry/action on foreign influence, etc not to litigate (the) 2016 (election) but make sure that interference never happens again.

Q17: Why does the Dems do the will of their donors instead of following the will of its people (Bernie, single-payer etc)
RK17: Celebrate the recent Dem wins. There is a lot to be optimistic about. DNC has a biased towards insiders--we need to open up (the party) to competition. 2020 candidate must have grass root support.

Q18: Legal immigrants' children will age out of status; Can they be included in Durbin's DREAMER bill?
RK18: We will check--it may be an oversight; inclusion is reasonable.

Q19: Thanks for supporting the Clean Air Act
RK19: We need need to maintain vigilance

Q20: Corporate interest deduction?
RK20: We need to close this loophole for larger companies so we don't have to cut taxes for the middle class.

Ro Khanna closing remarks: Thanks for the civil discourse; It is more a reflection of out community than your regard for me.

Town Hall ended at 3:32 pm.  Many stayed for follow up chats, photo ops, and to thank the WII vets for their service.

notes and annotations made by Jennifer Gagliardi who attended this Town Hall mtg. Thanks!