Sunday, April 23, 2017

Naturalization: Becoming an American | The New York Times



NYTimes: Naturalization: Becoming an American | The New York Times

Carmen Joan Edwards spent 15 years trying to change her status from illegal immigrant to naturalized citizen. She is now eligible to vote on Election Day.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Citizenship Resources for Earth Day



uscitizenpod: GO GREEN with USPS Stamps

In honor of Earth Day 2011 and in celebration of the new USPS GO GREEN Forever stamp series, US Citizenship Podcast presents a collection of stamps reflecting America's ongoing commitment to make EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY!

uscitizenpod: 10 Citizenship Questions in Honor of Earth Day (pdf)

More Earth Day, Arbor Day, and National Parks Weeks Resources



Family Fun

Check back for updates!

Friday, April 21, 2017

H1-B Visas Let US Firms Hire Foreigners for Specialized Jobs



VOANews: H1-B Visas Let US Firms Hire Foreigners for Specialized Jobs
Not a US citizen? Got skills? Need work? This might be the visa for you.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/visas-let-united-states-firms-hire-foreigners-for-specialized-jobs/3815828.html

READ MORE ABOUT H1-B Visas

VOANews: US Homeland Security Announces Steps Against H1-B Visa Fraud (2017-04-03)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily. (READ MORE)

VOANews: Employers Look to Fill Seasonal Jobs; Advocates Look to Protect Workers (2017-04-17)
Much of the recent anti-immigration rhetoric in Washington most loudly comes from factions on the political right: H1B, H2B, it’s all about protecting American jobs. But progressive groups — while pro-immigrant — are just as critical of foreign worker visas. Federal regulations on the books, they argue, are inherently insufficient to protect visa holders from abuse. (READ MORE)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 27

N-400

Civics
  • Si.edu: Preparing for the Oath
  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss
    • Ch 4 Branches of Government pg 57-76

Integration

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lino habla de su entrevista de Ciudadanía



uscitizenpod: Lino habla de su entrevista de Ciudadanía
Lino habla de su examen y entrevista de ciudadanía en español y inglés.

Also watch Lino's Citizenship Interview 
mp4: https://youtu.be/GrwVBoS_r7U

Lino's interview is based on A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)
pdf: http://goo.gl/Q5BhXk
ppt: https://goo.gl/GUfiKY
vocab pdf: https://goo.gl/PsDrG9

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 26


N-400

Civics
  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss
    • Ch 3 Branches of Government pg 47-56
  • si.edu: Preparing the Oath: Government Basics

Integration:

Quiz based on the Casual Interview (in development)



Extra Credit:

Millions of taxpayers are rushing to complete their federal and state filings before the April 18 deadline. Among them are several million people in this country illegally, and there are signs that fewer such immigrants are filing than in years past. (Listen and Read)

Income Tax Day

USCIS 100:56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*

Income Tax Day
Here are fifteen citizenship questions from the N-400 and the USCIS Civics Test about taxes and our economic system. Happy Income Tax Day!

* mp3: http://goo.gl/zRqXYX
* pdf: http://goo.gl/VfuJW2
* Kahoot http://goo.gl/MmQgfx

USCIS 100:56. When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?*
* April 15

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans




Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans 


I wrote this quiz for several reasons. First, to honor Central/Eastern European-American Heritage. Second, to showcase the diversity in the American christian community. Third, to celebrate Easter.

In the past, Western Christians and the Eastern Orthodox have been divided by religion, history, and politics, but as Americans, we are united as one people, and this year, we are celebrating Easter on the same day.

I would also like to introduce, Branka and Tony, from Canada and the former Yugoslavia. Branka is a longtime colleague who currently Projects Coordinator for OUTREACH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK (otan.us) and recently became a new US citizen.

Quiz answers:
  1. Colonists came to America for freedom.
  2. Freedom of religion is that you can practice any religion or not practice a religion.
  3. America bought the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803.
  4. The two parts of the US Congress are the Senate and the House of Representatives
  5. Dianne Feinstein is one of the two US senators from the state of California.
  6. Donald Trump is the current President of the United States.
  7. Mike Pence is the current Vice-President of the United States.
  8. Jerry Brown is the current Governor of California.
  9. The two major political parties are Democratic and Republican parties.
  10. The President's Cabinet advises the President.
  11. Ro Khanna is the US Representative of San Jose/Milpitas, California.
  12. Two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy are join a civic group and join a community group.

EXTRA CREDIT: Listen to a great interview with Vlade Divac!
  • StoryCorps: Vivek and Vlade: From New Arrivals To Kings
    • Former Sacramento Kings center and current general manager Vlade Divac is interviewed by his boss, majority owner Vivek Ranadive, in this StoryCorps segment. They talk a little basketball but mostly focus on their shared experience as immigrants.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Change of Heart for Chef Tim Ma



VOA Learning English: A Change of Heart for Chef Tim Ma

Tim Ma’s parents came to the United States from Taiwan in the 1970s. They opened a restaurant. It was not a success. They found success in America, however, in computers and engineering. Read more...

Originally published at - http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/3624950.html


Friday, April 14, 2017

GOOD FRIDAY Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources

Cross at the Arizona/Mexico Border Photo Source
Stations of the Cross: The American Immigrant Experience
Via Cruces: La Experiencia de los Inmigrantesen Los Estados Unidos
Based on the Scriptural Version of the Stations by Fr. Jon Pedigo, STL

Im/migration: Stations of the Cross
The following series of stations was curated by Grace Commons during Lent 2012, contemplating each station through the lens of immigration and migration.

USCCB: PRAYING THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING  English / Spanish
Hear the prayers which we pour forth to you, for the freedom of captives and the conversion of those who enslave them.

JRUSA: The Jesuit Refugee Service Way of the Cross
Christ calls us to keep watch. Let us accompany Jesus on this journey as we watch and pray over all that is going on with many of our sisters and brothers around the world. pdf

Trocaire: Stations of the Cross: Reflections on war by Syrian Child Refugees
Trócaire is delivering humanitarian assistance to those fleeing conflict and seeking refuge. Download and use our stations of the cross with reflections on war by Syrian child refugees.

MIGRANT STATIONS OF THE CROSS ARE IN EXHIBITION AT CHRIST CATHEDRAL
Lenten worshippers admired the artwork exhibit created with sacred artifacts found along the U.S.-Mexico border

Coexist House: Stations of the Cross 2017
This unique exhibition—held in 14 locations across Washington, D.C. — will use works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way, for people of different faiths. The Stations weave through religious as well as secular spaces. App

SVD: STATIONS OF THE CROSS OF JESUS, THE MIGRANT AND REFUGEE
The Way of the Cross is directed towards those communities and people who are living the painful experience of migration and refugee status, to all who work with migrants and refugees in order to build a better world, a world without borders, and to all men and women of goodwill who wish to be involved in this noble task.

More Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources

CLINIC: Praying the Rosary with Our Lady of Guadalupe and Tales of Immigrants - The Luminous Mysteries
CLINIC invites you to join us in praying for dignity and justice for our immigrant sisters and brothers. Just as the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary shed light on an important aspect of Christ’s mission, we hope these reflections will shed light on some immigrant experiences.

ESA: Immigration and Refugee Resources
We propose a discussion based on the reality that immigrants (authorized or otherwise) are human beings made in the image of God.  Download ESA's Citizen Among Us: Loving the Immigrant as Ourselves, ESA’s free small group study guide on immigration

IIC: Holy Days and Holidays Resources
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

LIRS: Be Not Afraid / No Temas 
Be Informed materials to host a Know Your Rights session for immigrants in your community.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

National Library Week, Jefferson's Birthday, PLUS POP QUIZ

See the original NLW 1958 poster
In honor of Thomas Jefferson's Birthday (April 13, 1743), US Citizenship Podcast celebrates National Library Week 2017. Libraries help transform immigrants into newUScitizens-to-be by providing including study guides, cds/dvds, online courses, and ESl/Citizenship classes.  Learn more about US Citizenship at your local library and check out our Citizenship @ the Library page.



POP Quiz:

After the British burned U.S. capital to the ground (1814), Jefferson donated his personal library to the US government.  Jefferson's library became the core of the Library of Congress, the national library of the United States.

Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.

Name one branch or part of the government.*

Who makes federal laws?

What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

What is the capital of the United States?*

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NEW PODCAST: Su Lan Li's Citizenship Interview

Su Lan (center), Lisha, and Tsz Mei celebrate their classmate's naturalization
Su Lan Li's Citizenship Interview mp3

This interview is based on:
A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r
pdf / ppt / vocab

Monday, April 10, 2017

Coming to America: How Refugees Tackle English



VOANews: Coming to America: How Refugees Tackle English

From October 2015 to September 2016, the United States admitted more than 31,000 refugees from around the world. To put these newcomers on the road to self-sufficiency, federally-funded programs provide cash assistance as well as job readiness and employment services. Sarah Zaman of VOA's Urdu Service visited an adult learning program in the state of Maryland to see how refugees, who cannot speak English, are taught the most basic skill they need to thrive in America.
Originally published at http://www.voanews.com/a/refugees-learning-english-esl-class/3803564.html

Sunday, April 9, 2017

25 Immigrants Become Citizens at the Cesar Chavez National Monument




23 ABC News | KERO: 25 people become US citizens at naturalization ceremony
Ceremony held at Cesar Chavez National Monument on what would have been Chavez's 90th birthday

NPS.gov: Cesar E. Chavez National Monument is a 116-acre (47 ha) U.S. National Monument in Keene, Kern County, California. The property was the headquarters of the United Farm Workers, and home to César Chávez from the early 1970s until his death in 1993; it includes his gravesite.

CDE.CA.gov: César Chávez Day: Model Curriculum And Resources for Teachers
Resources in English, Spanish, Chinese.Vietnamese, Hmong, andTagalog

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lino's Practice Citizenship Interview



uscitizenpod: Lino's Practice Citizenship Interview

Lino's Citizenship interview is next week, so plug in your head phones, turn up the volume, and follow along with the pdf.  Lino's interview is based on:

Friday, April 7, 2017

Centennial of US Entry Into World War I Marked PLUS POP QUIZ!



VOANews: Centennial of US Entry Into World War Marked

Shift from a position of neutrality came nearly three years after the start of the bloody conflict that came to be known as 'the Great War'
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/3798480.html

POP QUIZ

01. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.* (78)

02. Who was President during World War I? (79)

03. Who is the Commander in Chief of the military? (32)

04. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government? (41)

05. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them. (48)

06. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen? (53)

07. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy? (55)

08. When must all men register for the Selective Service? (57)

09. What is the capital of the United States?* (94)

10. Name two national U.S. holidays. (100)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 25

#newUScitizen Que Nguyen: #AdultEducationMatters

N-400

Civics
  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss
    • Ch 2 Symbols pg 39-46
  • si.edu: Preparing for the Oath: Symbols
    • This teacher guide features a student handout, Finish This Sentence—Symbols & Holidays, and steps for taking the class through the Symbols & Holidays theme. Download teacher guide.
      In this lesson plan, students will follow the Symbols & Holidays theme in Preparing for the Oath and further familiarize themselves with the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner. Download lesson plan.

Integration
  • Basic Citizenship Interview (in development)
  • Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans http://goo.gl/YE8yR8

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

California Has its Own Rules About Immigration Enforcement



VOANews: California Has its Own Rules About Immigration Enforcement

Many of California's immigrants are believed to be undocumented, making them subject to President Trump's executive orders on immigration. Those orders expand the scope of who can be labeled as a "criminal," subjecting more people to possible deportation. But California state law protects undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee reports the conflicting directives raises concerns among local law enforcement circles.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/a/california-has-its-own-rules-about-immigration-enforcement/3794568.html

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

California Adult Education Week and Legislative Day


10 USCIS civics questions that celebrate Adult Education Week and the California State Government.

blogpost: https://goo.gl/gqzvnB

More Resources

Milpitas Adult School's Citizenship Class 2017 Number 24



Tech Up for Change: 5 mobile apps for political engagement
California Adult Education Week and Legislative Day
10 USCIS civics questions that celebrate Adult Education Week and the California State Government.

  • quiz mp3: https://goo.gl/BX6Xjl
  • quiz pdf: https://goo.gl/kAT29o
  • blogpost: https://goo.gl/gqzvnB

N-400
Civics

  • Prearing for the Oath: Geography
  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss
    • Intro and Geography pg 1-38


Integration
  • Citizenship Interview with Juah Sarwee  plus 10qs about US Geography and Symbols pdf  

Monday, April 3, 2017

23 Candidates Vie for House Seat in Los Angeles Latino District



VOANews: 23 Candidates Vie for House Seat in Los Angeles Latino District

On Tuesday, voters in California's 34th congressional district will have a special election to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The race to represent much of Los Angeles in the lower house of Congress has 23 candidates: 19 Democrats, one Republican and three independents. VOA's Arturo Martinez reports.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Baseball, Apple Pie, and New American Citizens!



City Channel Pittsburgh: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony - 6/7/16

Baseball, Apple Pie, and New American Citizens! USCIS and the City of Pittsburgh welcomes new US citizens. After the ceremony, the new US citizens cheered on the Pittsburgh Pirates.  PLAY BALL!