USScourts: U.S. Courts: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Live Coverage (video) Live coverage of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and Ellis Island in New York, NY, begins at 10:45 a.m. ET on 9/16. Watch new American citizens take the oath of allegiance at naturalization ceremonies. Hint: This video is 1 hour 40 minutes. It is very inspirational, but a bit too long for class. Check out the US Courts' 40 seconds preview here. VOA Learning English: What's So Important about Sept. 17? Thanks for studying the U.S. Constitution--I know that you will be a great American citizen!
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., launching a year-long investigation of American democracy and its workings. The result is an artist’s idiosyncratic vision of history and contemporary politics. (source: Amazon) These chapters originally appeared in a NY Times monthly blog and have been collected into her book, And the Pursuit of Happiness
Next week is Constitution and Citizenship Week during which students young and old study and sign the Constitution, affirming their commitment to uphold the principles and laws of the United States. USCIS and federal judges co-host special Oath Ceremonies in honor of the signing of Constitution on Sept 17, 1787.
Today we will listen to our second interview with Min Hui Liu, who passed her citizenship interview on Sept 11, and has been invited to take her Oath of Naturalization during one of these special events. First you will hear a short interview and civics questions, followed by a report-back from her interview, and her plans to help prepare her husband and coworkers for their citizenship interviews. Let's get started!
The Trump administration’s new policy called for the arrest of migrants who came into the U.S. illegally. Families were separated during legal proceedings. Doctors say young children are the most vulnerable to health problems from family separations.
Also see: HIAS (founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) is an American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees. HIAS was founded in response to the late 19th- and early 20th-century exodus of Jewish emigrants from Imperial Russia. Currently, HIAS works with people whose lives and freedom are believed to be at risk due to war, persecution, or violence. HIAS has offices in the United States and across Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Since its inception, HIAS has helped resettle more than 4.5 million people. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Atlantic: Can the Undocumented 'Earn' Citizenship? “I'm here as an undocumented immigrant with no papers, no green card, no passport, and no legal documents, but I am still a citizen of this country,” says Jose Antonio Vargas in a new video filmed at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. Vargas, an accomplished journalist whose work has garnered him a Pulitzer Prize, was smuggled into the U.S. at age 12 by his Filipino mother. Although he was raised by his grandparents, who were naturalized citizens, Vargas was never granted American citizenship. In a 2011 essay in The New York Times Magazine, Vargas revealed his status as undocumented. Ever since, he has been a vocal advocate for pathways to citizenship, such as the DREAM Act. “There's no process for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants like me to get legal,” Vargas says in the video. He goes on to explain why the concept of “earning” citizenship is problematic.
Before we begin, we would like to note that the Senate is discussing the nomination for the next Supreme Court justice. Please follow the debate and vote on VOANews.com. You can also use the Countable app to contact your Senators and make your opinion known about this issue and other upcoming legislation.
Today we will listen to our second interview with Officer David. You can download the Basic Citizenship Interview at uscitizenpod.com and practice with a classmate, friend, or family member.
A Basic Citizenship Interview based on the USCIS Revised N-400 (2pgs, 38 qs)
District Attorney Summer Stephan joined other local leaders as a guest in a very special citizenship ceremony on Friday: The Children's Citizenship Ceremony, in which young immigrants from over 20 countries were sworn in as new US Citizens. Congratulations!
In Minnesota, Hmong farmers have banded together to make a better living. Originally from China, the Hmong are an Asian ethnic group that migrated to Vietnam and Laos in the 18th century. But they have never had a country of their own. After the Vietnam War ended, many resettled in the U.S. and now, decades later, Hmong farmers are at the center of a local foods economy in Minnesota. VOA’s June Soh has more in this report narrated by Carol Pearson.