Sunday, December 16, 2018

Report: U.S. Immigrant Detentions, Rights Abuse Claims Rise



VOANews: Report: U.S. Immigrant Detentions, Rights Abuse Claims Rise


The number of undocumented immigrants being detained in the United States is growing, and they are being held for longer periods of time without being afforded legal protections given to criminals. This is the finding of a recent report issued by an immigration advocacy group. As VOA's Brian Padden reports, detention efforts have further expanded under President Donald Trump, raising concerns among immigrant rights groups.

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VOANews: Family, With Young Children, Successfully Crosses Tijuana Border Fence After First Failed Attempt

A family with their young baby and toddlers successfully climbed over a border fence in Tijuana on Friday, Dec. 14, after a first failed attempt earlier in the day, as many grow restless in shelters south of the border to get their asylum claims to U.S. authorities. It is not clear whether they were later stopped by border patrol agents as they disappeared into the evening. A fence, where dozens of migrants have been seen crossing, was reinforced.


VOANews: Father, Baby Detained After Climbing Tijuana Border Fence

A family with their young baby climbed over a border fence in Tijuana on Thursday, Dec. 13, as many grow restless in shelters south of the border to get their asylum claims to U.S. authorities.
But these migrants do not get far after they jump the fence. There are a series of fences along the international line patrolled by U.S. border patrol officials, with these migrants detained by officers. Mexican officials have said as many as 1,000 individuals from the caravan of Central American migrants have hopped or otherwise skirted fences to reach the U.S. since they arrived to the border city of Tijuana. (Reuters).


VOANews: U.S. Border Patrol Detains Migrants Climbing Border Fence at Tijuana

A group of Central American migrants climbed over a border fence in Tijuana on Wednesday, Dec. 12, as many grow restless in shelters south of the border to get their asylum claims to U.S. authorities. But they do not get far after they jump the fence. There are a series of fences along the international line patrolled by U.S. border patrol officials, with these migrants detained by officers. Some migrants are jumping the fence to turn themselves over to authorities with the belief that they could start the asylum process quicker. (Reuters).


VOANews: Migrants March to U.S. Consulate to Speed Asylum Process

About 100 demonstrators marched from a Mexican immigration office to the United States consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday, where Mexican federal police in riot gear blocked the street and prevented them from getting close. Pueblo Sin Fronteras leader Irineo Mujica said he was allowed to deliver a letter to a consular official asking that the U.S. increase the number of asylum claims at the San Ysidro crossing. The U.S. government is currently processing about 100 asylum requests a day at the San Ysidro crossing, the US' busiest.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Citizenship Resources for Bill of Rights Day



uscitizenpod: Bill of Rights Interview Quizzes
The texts of the Bill of Rights matched with questions from the USCIS N-400 Part 12 and the USCIS 100 History/Government questions.
  • A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf and video (2017)
  • The Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf (2016)
  • A Citizenship Quiz about the Bill of Rights pdf (2015)

uscitizenpod: Bill of Rights Vocabulary Quizzes

VOA Learning English: What Does the Bill of Rights Say?
What Do the Amendments in the Bill of Rights Say?
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More Bill of Rights Resources

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Friday, December 14, 2018

One House, Many Voices: Art Depicting the Best of US



VOANews: One House, Many Voices: Art Depicting the Best of US

Three hundred local artists in the Washington DC area came together to showcase the American values using their visual art skills. The installation art they created featuring immigration stories makes a powerful visual statement that diversity is the strength of the US. VOA’s June Soh visited the One House Project exhibit at the BlackRock art center outside the capital.
Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/4693825.html

Thursday, December 13, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 30, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School

We will be do CASAS Testing for this evening







Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 29, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School



N-400
  • Voices of Freedom Activity Book: Part 12 Vocabulary G
  • A "Common" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (53qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)

Civics
Integration
  • A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions mp3 and pdf and video (2017)

Homework (watch these videos at home)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Resources for Human Rights Day



uscitizenpod: A Quick Guide to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

HRAC videos:

More resources:

USCIS 100:9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
  • life
  • liberty
  • pursuit of happiness

Sunday, December 9, 2018

What Is the US Senate?




VOANews: What Is the US Senate?

USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?
▪ Congress
▪ Senate and House (of Representatives)
▪ (U.S. or national) legislature

USCIS 100:17. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?*
▪ the Senate and House (of Representatives)

USCIS 100:18. How many U.S. Senators are there?
▪ one hundred (100)

USCIS 100:19. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
▪ six (6)

USCIS 100:20. Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?*
▪ Answers will vary. [District of Columbia residents and residents of U.S. territories should answer that D.C. (or the territory where the applicant lives) has no U.S. Senators.]

USCIS 100:24. Who does a U.S. Senator represent?
▪ all people of the state


Thursday, December 6, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 28, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School


uscitizenpod: Huong's Practice Interview 
Huong's daughter practices with Teacher Jennifer so that Huong can prepare for her Citizenship Interview while she is taking care of her son in the hospital. 

  • 5:45-6 pm show this video as a warm-up
  • play the video on the computer  (click the link above)


N-400
  • An “Everyday” Citizenship Interview based on the USCIS N-400 (51qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)
    • ppt https://goo.gl/yR4jvx (6:00-6:10 show the ppt first)
    • pdf http://goo.gl/Nt0bOf (6:10-6:30 let the students read the appropriate question for each slide; then divide students into pairs and let them interview each other; monitor their progress; pass out 10-12 red civics flash so they can quiz each other after the interview--this approximates the citizenship interview)
    • Equipment note: you may need to more the video cable back and forth between the computer and the document camera.  Simply unplug the cable and move it to the correct port.  I will mark the port.  If there is a problem, please ask another teacher.

Civics
  • Voices of Freedom by Bill Bliss Ch.8 The Constitution and Federalist Period (pg 125-143)
    • 6:30-7:30 students take turns reading the textbook aloud 
      • display the textbook via the document camera!
    • complete the exercises in the textbook page by page, then review together as a class before moving on to the next page.  Focus on oral, rather than written practice.  (copies will be provided)
    • Complete the Unit summary lesson (separate handout)
  • Preparing the Oath: Writing the Constitution
    • 8:00-8:15 watch the videos after completing the textbook and handouts
      • play the videos via the computer
    • note--enable Flash by clicking Yes
Integration
  • Hao Thi Vu (Vietnam): A Quick Interview for US Constitution and Citizenship Day 2014 based on the new N-400r http://goo.gl/xoDSyl (2014)
    • 8:15-8:35 allow students enough time to complete the quiz, then orally review the answers
      • display the textbook via the document camera!

Homework (watch these videos at home)


Extra material:
  • U.S. Constitution - Intermediate Level The U.S. Constitution lesson plan and handouts for low intermediate and intermediate learners covering civics test items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 41, 42, 65, 66, 67, and 68



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Interview with Officer David Part 3



U.S. Citizenship Interview with Officer David Part 3

Today we will listen to our third interview with Officer David. You can download the Casual Citizenship Interview at uscitizenpod.com and practice with a classmate, friend, or family member.

A "Casual" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (40qs, 2pgs) (updated 06/12/2016)


USCIS 100 Remix Quizzes: "Threes" 03, 13, 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73, 83, 93 

More Citizenship Resources for the Winter Holidays


President George H. W. Bush--thank you for your service!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

U.S. Citizenship Class 27, Fall 2018, Milpitas Adult School



VOANews: New Exhibit Explores Power of Press in Revolutionary America

When America declared its independence from Britain in 1776, colonists learned about the ground-breaking news through newspapers. The first paper to publish the newly adopted Declaration of Independence is the centerpiece of a multi-media exhibit in Washington that explores the power of a press that set the path for revolution. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.

N-400

Civics
Integration
  • Nithya Deepak: Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs for Independence Day pdf