Sunday, July 14, 2019

Annual United States Citizenship Ceremony at the Norman Rockwell Museum

Norman Rockwell Museum: Annual United States Citizenship Ceremony on June 14, 2019

Norman Rockwell Museum partners with the Berkshire Immigrant Center, the Berkshire Community College Adult Learning Program, and the Literacy Network of South Berkshire to host their annual United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2019.

Now in its eighth year at the Museum, the ceremony celebrates residents of Western Massachusetts who have immigrated to the United States from around the world.

The special event will give members of the community the opportunity to welcome 20 fellow residents from 15 different countries as they are sworn-in as new naturalized citizens of our country. This year, due to increased interest and need, the Museum and the Berkshire Immigrant Center will host a second ceremony on September 20 to welcome the next group of new U.S. citizens.

Friday, July 12, 2019

No Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census BUT.... (podcast and video)

No Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census BUT....

Today is Friday, July 12, 2019. Last week, I did A Quick Comparison between the USCIS N-400 and 2020 Census Form.  This week I will give a quick update about the 2020 Census Form Citizenship Question.

This past week, people closely followed the news about the 2020 Census.  They wanted to know if the 2020 Census would include a Citizenship Question. The answer to this question seemed to change every hour.

President Trump wanted to have a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census.  He said that the Citizenship Question would protect voting rights.

The federal courts disagreed that the Citizenship Question would protect voting rights. The courts reviewed what the Constitution said about the Census, state representation, and voting rights. Article 1 Section 2 of the Constitution says that Congress must count all people living in the United States every 10 years. The number of a state's representatives is based on the number of people--not citizens--who live in the state. If some people are not counted, states would lose members in the House of Representatives, plus government money for public services.

Also, many people oppose the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census.  They think that every person must be counted in the 2020 Census.  They contacted their Senators and Representatives by phone, email, or Twitter.  Some people said that they would not answer the Citizenship Question because they are not legal residents or live with people who are undocumented.  There are afraid of being deported.

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, President Trump that the 2020 Census will not have the Citizenship Question BUT he issued an executive order for federal agencies to collect and share people's citizenship information.  Trump said that the Citizenship information will show us how immigration changes America.  The citizenship information will help us make stronger immigration laws and give public services.  Trump's executive order wants states to draw voting districts based on number of eligible voters (citizens) instead of total number of people (citizens, legal residents, and undocumented), which many people say will give more power to Republicans & Non-Hispanic Whites voters and may take away the voting power of Democrats, Hispanic, African-American, and other minority voters.

 While people are still taking about what Trump's executive order, communities are preparing for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids this weekend.  All undocumented immigrants can be arrested and deported, not just immigrants who have committed crimes.  Sometimes, U.S. citizens are arrested during ICE raids.


 All people--citizens and non-citizens--have rights under the US Constitution.

  • DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR if an immigration agent is knocking on the door. 
  • DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS from an immigration agent if they try to talk to you. You have the right to remain silent. 
  • DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING without first speaking to a lawyer. You have the right to speak with a lawyer. 
  • If you are outside of your home, ask the agent if you are free to leave and if they say yes, leave calmly.  

For more info about your rights in many languages, go to: 

 Stay safe.


 Listen to this podcast to find the answer to the following five questions:

 1. Why do some states have more Representatives than other states?

 2. What does the judicial branch do?

 3. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.

 4. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

 5. What are the two major political parties in the United States?*

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

No Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census BUT....

CNN: Trump issues executive order to collect citizenship data

No Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census BUT.... President Donald Trump announces future action ordering data on citizenship to be collected by means other than the census.


VOANews: Trump Gives Up on Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is issuing an executive order for the Commerce Department to obtain citizenship data. But he is abandoning trying to add a controversial question on citizenship in the country's once-a-decade census next year. (read more)


source: Hansi Lo Wong

President Trump and AG William Barr say that "as a practical matter" the question cannot be added to #2020Census.

President Trump's new executive order directs the Commerce Secretary to "consider initiating any administrative process necessary" to add a #CitizenshipQuestion to forms for the 2030 census👇

The 1st reason for citizenship information Trump's executive order cites is "to help us understand the effects of immigration on our country & to inform policymakers considering basic decisions about immigration policy"

The 2nd reason for citizenship information Trump's executive order cites is to be able to "evaluate the potential effects of proposals to alter the eligibility rules for public benefits" in a way that ensures immigrants don't receive public benefits they're not eligible for👇

The 3rd reason for citizenship information Trump's executive order cites is to create a "more reliable" count of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.

The 4th reason for citizenship info Trump's EO cites is to allow states to draw voting districts based on number of eligible voters instead of total number of residents, which GOP strategist Thomas Hofeller concluded would be "advantageous to Republicans & Non-Hispanic Whites"

source: Hansi Lo Wong

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

We have to be better

KTVU: 'We have to be better:' Megan Rapinoe gives speech at World Cup parade in New York

"We have to be better."

"We have to love more, hate less."

"Listen more, talk less."

"This is everyone's responsibility."

"It's our responsibility to make this world a better place."

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

EXPLAINER — What’s Big Deal About Adding Citizenship Question to US Census?

VOANews: EXPLAINER — What’s Big Deal About Adding Citizenship Question to US Census?

U.S. President Donald Trump is making a last-ditch push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, despite a Supreme Court ruling against it last month and criticism by some states and civil liberties groups that the question is meant to deter immigrants from participating and help Republicans gain seats in the U.S. Congress. (read more)

Monday, July 8, 2019

Rulings On Gerrymandering And The Census Could Define The Political Future

NPR: Rulings On Gerrymandering And The Census Could Define The Political Future (transcript)

Mother Jones journalist Ari Berman says recent Supreme Court decisions on redistricting and the 2020 census citizenship question will help determine which party is in power in the next decade.

Also see: Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities, Journalist Says (transcript)

"Since the 2010 elections, 24 states have implemented new restrictions on voting. Alabama now requires a photo ID to cast a ballot. Other states such as Ohio and Georgia have enacted "use it or lose it" laws, which strike voters from registration rolls if they have not participated in an election within a prescribed period of time. Mother Jones journalist Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot, says that many of the restrictions are part of a broader Republican strategy to tighten access to the ballot — an effort that was bolstered in 2013 by the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder ruling. "[That] decision," Berman explains, "said that those states with the longest histories of discrimination no longer had to approve their voting changes with the federal government."

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 4th Naturalization Ceremony

US National Archives: July 4th Naturalization Ceremony

Held in the Rotunda of the National Archives and Records Administration

Special guests: Vice President Mike Pence,
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
and acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Kazi Sabbir Ahmed's Third Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Kazi Sabbir Ahmed's Third Practice U.S. Citizenship Interview

TURN UP THE VOLUME! Sorry, I recorded this video with a different device and the audio was set too low. I will add closed caption in a couple of hours. This is still a good interview--Kazi passed his interview the next day, July 8, 2019. Watch Kazi's other interviews Kazi’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 2 (Kazi's First Interview) MST Saleha Khatun’s First Practice Citizenship Interview (Kazi's Mom) 

Friday, July 5, 2019

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Fredrick Douglass

Happy Independence Day Week! Today we will listen to an old podcast from uscitizenpod: USCIS 100:99 July 4th, Slavery, and Fredrick Douglass

We will first read about Q99 from the USCIS M638 quick civics lesson. Then we will discuss the Declaration of Independence, the Compromise of 1850, and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass. Then we will listen to a short reading from Fredrick Douglass speech: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” Note that Negro was a common term for Black or African-Americans, but it is not often used today. Let's get started.


excerpt from The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Fredrick Douglass

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?

I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly to which he is the constant victim.

To him, your celebration is a sham;
your boasted liberty, an unholy license;
your national greatness, swelling vanity;
your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless;
your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence;
your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery;
your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings,
with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast,
fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages...

TimelessReader1: Meaning of July 4th for the Negro - Frederick Douglass Speech - Hear the Text

Listen to and read text from The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, written by abolitionist and former slave: Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass presented this speech on July 5, 1852 in Rochester, NY. This speech concludes with a poem, a peace prayer, written by William Lloyd Garrison

For more info:

See Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom

Watch actor Danny Glover read abolitionist Frederick Douglass's "Fourth of July Speech, 1852" on October 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Part of a reading from Voices of a People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Citizenship Resources for Independence Day

uscitizenpod: Independence Day Citizenship Interview with Lien Ho (2017)

uscitizenpod: A Quick Interview Based on the N-400r plus 10qs for Independence Day
New for 2016: 24 questions based on the N-400r plus 10 civics question.

uscitizenpod: US Citizenship Podcast Independence Day Quiz (video)
Celebrate Independence Day with uscitizenpod. Here is a quiz based on USCIS 100:08, 09, 61, 62, 63, 64, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100. Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship

This web resource provides online videos and activities on the 100 civics questions from the naturalization test and highlights museum objects from the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the “Establishing Independence” and “Symbols and Holidays” themes for information on Independence Day.

USCIS: For Independence Day
USCIS highlights some of the resources for learners and teachers that are related to this important holiday.

NEW: Civics Questions Playlist 

USCIS helps you prepare for the civics test by posting a new paylist: one video for each civics and history question asked by different examiners.  For Independence Day, check out 100:08, 09, 61, 62, 63, 64, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100.  Good job, USCIS!

USCIS: Lesson Plans and Activities

Visit this page to find lesson plans, student handouts, and answer keys on a variety of topics, including Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence (Beginning Level), American Symbols and Celebrations (Beginning and Intermediate Levels), Establishing Independence (Intermediate Level).

USCIS: Independence Day 2015 - Declaration of Independence

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( thanks everyone who participated in our video project to celebrate the nation's 239th birthday on July 4. To find naturalization ceremony photos and immigrant stories posted by some of the more than 700,000 people each year who become U.S. citizens, check #newUScitizen and #newAmericans on social media.

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More Resources

American English at State: Celebrate Independence Day (pdf)
Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, officially breaking bonds with England and forming a new independent nation, the United States of America.

JenniferESL: Lesson 26 - Red, White & Blue Idioms - Happy Fourth of July!

Learn six idioms based on the colors red, white, and blue.  MORE PRACTICE

Rachel's English: 4th of July Traditions
Happy 4th of July! This is the day we celebrate America’s independence. Study vocabulary, pronunciation, and phrases as we study REAL English conversation and learn about 4th of July traditions in the US.

TED-ED: What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis (video)
In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.

US News: 15,000 people became Americans on Independence Day 2017

Immigrants from around the world celebrated their new American citizenship in over 65 naturalization ceremonies across the United States.

VOANews: Ahead of Independence Day Holiday, Children Take Oath to Become US Citizens
One of the themes of this year's Smithsonian Folk Life Festival is immigration. As part of the festival events, a group of 25 children were sworn in as U.S. Citizens, just ahead of America's Independence Day holiday. VOA's Elizabeth Cherneff reports.Originally published at -

VOANews: Americans Reflect on Meaning of Independence Day
Savoring freedoms and hoping others worldwide will soon be able to do the same

VOA Learning English: America's Birthplace: Independence National Historical Park (mp3 and article)
This week, our U.S. National Parks journey takes us to the eastern city of Philadelphia, an important place in American history.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Census forms won’t include citizenship question

PBS News Hour: Census forms won’t include citizenship question (00:00:00 to 00:00:22)

In our news wrap Tuesday, White House and Justice Department officials confirmed the U.S. Census Bureau will begin printing forms for the 2020 survey, without a citizenship question. Also, members of the European Union have broken a deadlock and chosen new leaders, including Belgium's Charles Michel to head the European Council and France’s Christine Lagarde to lead the European Central Bank.

PBS: Trump Administration To Print 2020 Census Without Citizenship Question (read the transcript)
Reported by Hansi Lo Wong and Amita Kelly

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A Quick Comparison between the USCIS N-400 and Census 2020

A Quick Comparison between the USCIS N-400 and Census 2020

We are back from out hiatus with a new series about U.S. Citizenship and the U.S. Census 2020.  The first episode is a quick comparison between the USCIS N-400 and Census 2020.


For more info about the Census 2020:

Follow Hansi Lo Wang @hansilowang on Twitter national correspondent covering #2020Census

The New Yorker: How the Census Changed America by Ted Widmer, May 1, 2019
The simple act of enumeration created data processing, led to the establishment of the National Archives, and rooted a rootless people.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Canada Day

Canada Day is a national and an official holiday in Canada celebrating its anniversary of Confederation. It takes place annually on July 1st.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial honors those who fought in the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie and celebrates the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the U.S.

Name one state that borders Canada. (USCIS 100:92)

a) Ohio
b) Oklahoma
c) Ontario
d) Oregon

Happy Canada Day!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Huong Nguyen's Fourth Practice Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Huong Nguyen's Fourth Practice Citizenship Interview

Huong's interview is scheduled for July 18, so we has a practice interview at my home. I just finished the Peter Max Statue of Liberty jigsaw puzzle on my desk before she came over.

Watch Huong's earlier interviews:

Huong's Practice Interview (Aug 2, 2018)
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.

Huong’s Second US Citizenship Interview (Aug 17, 2018)
In this interview, Huong has returned to class. While she was absent, she watched Citizenship interviews every day.

Huong Nguyen's Third US Citizenship Interview (Dec 28, 2018)

For more practice, watch our U.S. Citizenship Reading and Writing Playlist

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Second 2019 Democratic Debate: The Key Moments

NYTimes: The Second 2019 Democratic Debate: The Key Moments

The second night of debates exposed divides between the progressive wing of the party and the more moderate one. There were also tense exchanges over race and immigration.

Read the story here:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question for now

CNN: Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question for now

The Supreme Court has blocked the controversial citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for now, citing sufficient reason for concern about why the Department of Commerce wanted to add the question, and insufficient explanation.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Image of Father-Daughter Drowning Calls Attention to Migrants’ Risks

VOA Learning English: Image of Father-Daughter Drowning Calls Attention to Migrants’ Risks

The bodies of a man and his 2-year-old daughter lay face down in the water along the bank of the Rio Grande, the river that runs between Mexico and the United States.

The young girl’s body is inside her father’s shirt; one of her arms falls around his neck. The position of their bodies suggests that the two held on to each other as they drowned.

The image of the father and daughter has called attention to the risks Central American migrants face while fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States. (read more)


Words in This Story

grab - v. to quickly take a hold of someone with your hand

sweep - v. to push or carry someone with great force

scene - n. the place of an event or incident

beg - v. to ask someone in a very serious and emotional way

scrape - v. to collect or gather something needed or wanted with great effort

draw - v. to cause someone to to become interested in something

reflect - v. to show something

embrace - n. the act of holding someone in your arms

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Crowded Democratic Presidential Field Ready for First Debate

VOANews: Crowded Democratic Presidential Field Ready for First Debate

The battle for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination kicks into high gear this week with the first of what will be monthly debates among the candidates leading up to the first caucus and primary votes early next year. The first debates will be held over two nights—Wednesday and Thursday—and will feature ten different contenders each night vying for the right to take on President Donald Trump in November of 2020. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.

Monday, June 24, 2019

What's Changed Since Same Sex Marriage Became Legal

VOANews: Acceptance of Same Sex Marriage Accelerated After US Landmark Ruling Four Years Ago

Four years ago on June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples have the right to marry, a right guaranteed by the Constitution’s equal protection clauses. The landmark ruling accelerated a growing public acceptance of LGBTQ marriage, which includes lesbian, gay and other diverse sexual orientations. But as VOA’s Brian Padden reports, while opposition to same sex marriage is declining, it is still a strong political force in the country.

Read More: What's Changed Since Same Sex Marriage Became Legal

Also see:

N-400 Part-10    Marital History

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Naturalization Ceremony 2019

Community Education Channel: Naturalization Ceremony 2019

U.S. Court Naturalizes 30 new citizens in St. George
ST. GEORGE, Utah (5/14/19) – It was first time that a Naturalization Ceremony was held at Dixie State University at Cox Auditorium. It was the largest ceremony in a single setting. Thirty applicants from 12 countries took an oath of citizenship on Tuesday. Many of them waited a decade or longer to qualify and receive final approval as a United States citizen. The ceremony was well attended by friends, family members as well as patriots and judges.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hieu Thanh Nguyen’s First Practice Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Hieu Thanh Nguyen’s First Practice Citizenship Interview

Hieu's Practice Citizenship Interview is based on:

A “Typical” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (4 pages)
vocab pdf:

At the end of the video, Hieu's wife, Phuong, appears to ask him Civics questions, You can watch her first Practice Citizenship Interview here:

Friday, June 21, 2019

What You Should Know About Trump's Threatened Mass Deportation

VOANews: What You Should Know About Trump's Threatened Mass Deportation

This isn’t the first time Trump has threatened to deport undocumented immigrants on a massive scale. Shortly after his inauguration during an interview with CBS News, he pledged to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants with “criminal records.” That didn’t happen then, and the reality on the ground is far more complicated now. (read more)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Grassroots Movement to Support Refugees is Growing in Washington

VOANews: Grassroots Movement to Support Refugees is Growing in Washington

As the number of refugees allowed into the United States is reduced by the Trump administration, a grassroots movement to help the public better understand refugees is growing in the nation’s capital. VOA’s June Soh caught up with a woman who is a driving force behind the movement called One Journey. Carol Pearson narrates her story.

Learn more at the One Journey Festival website or check out their YouTube channel.  The festival is June 29, 2019.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Citizenship Resources for Juneteenth

uscitzenpod: USCIS 100:76 Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth

Today we continue our exploration of the USCIS History and Government questions and African American History. Today we will talk about USCIS 100:76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

We will first read about Q76 from the USCIS M638 quick civics lesson. Then we will listen to an interview with Robin Braxton who helps organizes our local Juneteenth festival. Robin will talk about Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth celebrates the day when slaves in Texas heard about the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is also a holiday that celebrates African American history and culture. Let's get started!

VOANews: Juneteenth – A Day to Reflect on the History and Legacy of Slavery in the US (2019)

On June 19, 1865, enslaved men and women in Texas finally learned that they were free — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in rebelling states. Every June 19th since, African Americans across the nation have held celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. VOA’s Jesusemen Oni has more.

A Juneteenth Citizenship Quiz: 19 Civics Questions that Celebrate Freedom
quiz pdf

More Juneteenth ESL/Citizenship Resources:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote

On November 5, 1872, American civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony voted in a presidential election. (She voted for the incumbent, Republican Ulysses S. Grant.) At that time, women were not allowed to vote. Two weeks later, Anthony was arrested.

On June 18, 1873 Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.“I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty,” she said—and she never did.

It was more than 40 years before the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in the United States. On November 2, 1920, more than 8 million American women voted.

Learn more:

Monday, June 17, 2019

 Twenty four 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are seen in a combination from file photos. photo source

VOA Learning English: US Voters: Age Matters in Presidential Candidates

A recent public opinion survey found that Americans have concerns about the age of presidential candidates. The survey is connected to the Williams Institute at UCLA. It found that voters are more likely to reject a candidate over 70 years old than one who is homosexual  . .  (read more)

Words in This Story

survey – n. an activity in which many people are asked questions about an issue to understand better what the public thinks about it

contrast – n. something that is different from another thing

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast

uscitizenpod: Happy Father's Day from US Citizenship Podcast

In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Who signs bills to become laws?

a) the President
a) the President Pro Tempore
b) the Speaker of the House
c) the Vice-President

Happy Father's Day!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Phuong Thi Le’s First Practice Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Phuong Thi Le’s First Practice Citizenship Interview

Phuong had just returned from a month and Vietnam and wanted to practice her Citizenship interview right away. Her interview is based on:

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Why Border Patrol Is Rescuing Migrant Families on the Rio Grande

NYTimes: Why Border Patrol Is Rescuing Migrant Families on the Rio Grande | NYT News

More and more families, often with young children, are crossing the Rio Grande to enter the U.S. We spoke with migrants who are making this risky decision and surrendering to Border Patrol.

Read the story here:

Monday, June 10, 2019

Kazi’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview

uscitizenpod: Kazi’s Second Practice Citizenship Interview

Here is Kazi's long-lost video that we recorded the last day of school June 7, 2018. Although he had been in the class for only a short time and was observing the Ramadan fast, he wanted to make a quick interview. Since this interview was recorded, Kazi and his Mom faithfully attended the Citizenship class twice per week, have learned the civics questions and N-400 vocabulary perfectly, and are ready for their interview scheduled July 2019. Wish them luck!

You can watch their other interviews here:

Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 2 (Kazi's First Interview)

MST Saleha Khatun’s First Practice Citizenship Interview (Kazi's Mom)

You can also watch interviews with some of the students who ask Kazi Civics questions at the end of the video

Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 7 (Van's First Interview)

Van Thi Bach Thach Practices for her U.S. Citizenship Interview

Mix and Match U S Citizenship Interview Level D Practice 5 (Min Hui's first Interview)

Min Hui's Citizenship Interview

Min Hui Liu Talks about her U.S. Citizenship Interview

US Citizenship Interview with Min Zheng

US Citizenship Interview with Felipe Toledo

Felipe Toledo’s Practice Citizenship Interview

Edwin Cornejo's Citizenship Interview

Mix and Match U S Citizenship Interview Edwin Cornejo (El Salvador)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America

American Pentecost: A Citizenship Quiz about Languages in America
Podcast: (corrected!)

An American Pentecost:
We are American Indians, Native Alaskans, Europeans, Latinos, Africans, Arabs, Asians, Pacific Islanders-- yet all of us hear America speaking in our own languages about FREEDOM!

For more info about languages spoken in America:

Voting Rights Act Sect 203
Section 203 targets those language minorities that have suffered a history of exclusion from the political process: Spanish, Asian, Native American, and Alaskan Native. The Census Bureau identifies specific language groups for specific jurisdictions.
Section 203 says that jurisdictions (cities, counties, states) shall provide election materials in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in the English language.


More from US Citizenship Podcast:

LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories

US Soccer: One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories: Alex Morgan

In this episode of 23 Stories, Presented by Volkswagen, U.S. forward Alex Morgan shares her story of a summer studying in Madrid, Spain during her time at UC Berkeley. The experience playing pick-up with the locals and being immersed in a rabid soccer culture had a lasting impressing on her, fueling her passion for the game and spurring her desire to make a monumental impact on the game back home, both on and off the field. It's a goal she certainly has met.

Watch all US Women Soccer Team's 23 Stories!

Friday, June 7, 2019

Black US Soldiers Fighting on D-Day, Racism Back Home (plus POP QUIZ)

World War II veteran Johnnie Jones, Sr. poses for a portrait at his home in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, May 28, 2019. He remembers wading ashore and one incident when he and his fellow soldiers came under fire from a German sniper. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Black US Soldiers Fighting on D-Day, Racism Back Home (read the full article)

Words in This Story

  • rig - v. to put something (explosive) secretly in (a place)
  • rake - v. to shoot many bullets
  • furious - adj. very angry
  • expensive - adj. costing a lot of money
  • decline - v. to say that you will not or cannot


1.  Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II? (80)

2.  Who did the United States fight in World War II? (81)
3.  Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general.  What war was he in? (82)
4.  What movement tried to end racial discrimination? (84)