Monday, April 12, 2021

U.S. Citizenship Resources for Ramadan

A Citizenship Quiz for the Month of Ramadan

  • NEW: 2020 Muslim American Citizenship Interviews and more! playlist (50+ videos)
  • 2019 Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem) and Juana Garcia  (Mexico) video
  • 2018 Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem) and Josefina Rios (Mexico) mp3  video
  • 2018 Spring U.S. Citizenship Interview with Pari Akbari, Iran mp3 / video
  • Blessed Eid al-Adha! (video)
  • Interview with Samia Amed (Yemen) video / mp3
  • Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 1 (Teacher Nahil / Palestine) (video)
  • Milpitas Adult School Open House Citizenship Interview 2 (Kasim / Bangladesh) (video)
  • MST Saleha Khatun’s First Practice Citizenship Interview video
  • New US Citizen Minire Karamanaga (Bosnia/Yugoslavia) (2010) video
  • New US Citizen Sardar Habibi (Afghanistan) (English) (video)
  • New US Citizen Sardar Habibi (Afghanistan) (Farsi) (video)
  • Practice! Practice! Practice! (video)
  • Tasleem's First Practice Interview (Pakistan) video
  • Tasleem's Second Practice Interview (Pakistan) video
  • 2015 USCIS 100 Remix Round 1 Twos with Tasleem (Pakistan)  video
  • Tasleem Khaldoon talks about her Citizenship Interview (Pakistan) video

Interview Podcasts 
  • 2018 Citizenship Interview with Nahil Ireiqat (Jerusalem) and Josefina Rios (Mexico) mp3  video
  • 2018 Spring U.S. Citizenship Interview with Pari Akbari, Iran mp3 / video
  • 2016 Spring Citizenship Interview with Ali Akbari (Malyasia/Iran) (2016) mp3
  • An "Everyday" Citizenship Interview with Munni Thakkar (Mumbai, India) (2016) mp3
  • A Basic Citizenship Interview with Pari Akibari (Esfahan, Iran) (2007) (mp3)
  • Interview with Samia Amed (Yemen) video / mp3

Quizzes (pdf)
  • A Citizenship Quiz for the Month of Ramadan pdf  mp3  video
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Esam Omeish (Liberia) pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Hushang Ansary (Iran) pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Louay Safi pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Mohamed Awad Elhassan pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Nimco Ahmed (Libya) pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Rend al-Rahim (Iraq) pdf
  • Citizenship Interview Quiz for Safa Aldabyani (Yemen) pdf

    VOA News (There are so many videos and articles--please search for more)

    • CLINIC: 100 Civics Questions in Farsi
    • ACLU: Immigrants' Rights: What To Do If Stopped (IN FARSI) (video)
    • ACLU: What To Do When Faced With Anti-Muslim Discrimination (in Farsi) (video)
    • CA DMV: California Driver Handbook (pdf)
    • John Q. Khosravi Law Firm (JQK Law Firm): Naturalization for Iranians (Farsi/Persian) سیتیزنشیپ وتابعیت امریکا برای ایرانیان (video)
    • MedicinePlus: Health Information in Farsi (فارسی) (web page)
    • SSA: Social Security Resources in Farsi (web page)
    • uscitizenpod: Citizenship Resources for Nowruz 2018 (blog post)
    • VOA Farsi
    For more resources, go to
    Check back for more resources!

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

    The American Jobs Plan


    uscitizenpod: N-400 Section Interviews 
    USCIS 100:35. What does the President’s Cabinet do?
    ▪ advises the President

    USCIS 100:36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
    ▪ Secretary of Agriculture
    ▪ Secretary of Commerce
    ▪ Secretary of Defense
    ▪ Secretary of Education
    ▪ Secretary of Energy
    ▪ Secretary of Health and Human Services
    ▪ Secretary of Homeland Security
    ▪ Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
    ▪ Secretary of the Interior
    ▪ Secretary of Labor
    ▪ Secretary of State
    ▪ Secretary of Transportation
    ▪ Secretary of the Treasury
    ▪ Secretary of Veterans Affairs
    ▪ Attorney General
    ▪ Vice President

    Friday, April 9, 2021

    Crossing the U.S. Border (UPDATED)


    This week on “Plugged In with Greta Van Susteren" for April 7, 2021: Crossing the U.S. Border. In this episode, we examine the challenges facing the Biden administration and a surge of migrants and asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales joins Greta to explain how the U.S. implements immigration policies. Plus, VOA Latin America Correspondent Celia Mendoza reports from the border on the diverse group of asylum-seekers, while VOA correspondents share their coverage on this topic

    VOANews: Migrants Detained at US Border Say Desperation Drives Them Surge in unaccompanied minors and family units trying to cross southern border with Mexico poses challenges for Biden administration

    VOA Learning English: News Words: SURGE

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

    Citizenship Spring Class 06


    Spring Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

    For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer

    Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
    Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 



    • Maria Teresa Garcia: 27 N-400 and 27 USCIS 100 Qs for US Constitution & Citizenship Day (2011) pdf
    • Part 12 Intro Quiz (20 questions) 

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    Small US Border Town Attracting Attention in Immigration Debate

    VOANews: Small US Border Town Attracting Attention in Immigration Debate

    The small town of Donna, near the Texas-Mexico border, is receiving media attention in the recent immigration debate because it’s also where many migrant children and families are being processed. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee shows how the attention has affected the town’s residents. 

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

    Citizenship Spring Class 05


    Spring Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT

    For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer

    Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
    Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 


    • A "Common" Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (53qs, 2pgs) 
    • A Quick Review of the Bill of Rights and the N-400 Part 12 plus Civics Questions (2017)  pdf and mp3

    Monday, April 5, 2021

    Citizenship Resources for National Library Week

    See the original NLW 1958 poster
    In honor of Thomas Jefferson's Birthday (April 13, 1743), US Citizenship Podcast celebrates National Library Week 2020. 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!

    POP QUIZ Background:

    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.

    POP QUIZ Civics Questions

    1. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
    2. Name one branch or part of the government.*
    3. Who makes federal laws?
    4. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?
    5. What is the capital of the United States?* Libraries
    Libraries play a critical role in serving immigrant communities. Through our joint effort with IMLS, we plan to educate librarians, and in turn their immigrant customers, on topics ranging from naturalization, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and the importance of digital literacy.
    American Library Association: 
    Arlington TV: U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at Arlington VA Central Library (video)
    U. S. General Naturalization Ceremony held April 12, 2018 at the Arlington Central Library, Arlington, VA.

    Arlington County Library: Special US Naturalization - Arlington VA 
    with Deaf Performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Mayari Loza

    Burton Barr Library Youth Naturalization Ceremony 2012
    Phoenix area residents take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens during a special ceremony at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. Members of the Library Teen Council facilitate the event.

    Hartford Public Library: The American Place (TAP) 
    HPL/TAP is a free program of Hartford Public Library designed to welcome immigrants and ease their transition into their new home city. TAP promotes Hartford’s shared civic values and its vibrant cultural multiplicity.  Check out HPL/TAP course: Citizenship on the Go.

    Folsom Library Helps Welcome New US Citizens
    The Folsom Library hosts the swearing in of 25 new US Citizens. This is the ninth year that the US Citizenship Immigration Services has partnered with the library to present this ceremony.

    200 New Citizens Take Oath At JFK Library
    Two hundred immigrants became American citizens at JFK Library in Boston. WBZ-TV's Ken MacLeod reports. Published on Feb 9, 2017.

    The Jones Library Study Guides for The Citizenship Test
    The Jones Library E.S.L. Center is an award winning program providing volunteer tutors, tutoring space, study materials, computer-assisted instruction, citizenship classes, English classes and referrals to adult immigrants in the Amherst area. Check out their pdf/audio study guides.

    US Naturalization Oath Ceremony, Jones Library, September 4, 2019

    The recording of a naturalization and citizenship ceremony at the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts.

    The Kansas City Public Library: Naturalization Ceremony at Central Library
    On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 about 110 applicants from 45 countries were sworn in as citizens of the United States.

    KMBC: KC library hosts naturalization ceremony (2019)
    Sixty immigrants from 32 different countries took the oath of citizenship Tuesday at the Kansas City Library downtown.

    King County Library: Becoming a U.S. Citizen
    Learn how to become a U.S. Citizen and study for the naturalization test.

    Los Angeles Public Library - Community Member Testimonial by Sergio Sanchez
    I have always had a dream to one day become a citizen of the United States because this country opens doors for everyone who wants to be successful and build a family.  I am so grateful to the Los Angeles Public Library for helping me and my family reach our dreams.  The library helped me—and my wife—become citizens, it helped me improve my English, and it helped my son with his education so he could go to college to become a chemical engineer.

    Louisville Free Public Library (FaceBook post)
    On March 1, 2019, we welcomed 99 new American citizens from 35 home countries today at the Naturalization Ceremony!

    Pima Library: Welcome to America 
    Pima County Public Library recognizes, welcomes, and celebrates immigrants for their contributions to our shared success.   

    Otis Library: Naturalization Ceremony at Otis Library on April 13, 2018
    Otis Library leads in our community by hosting a Naturalization Ceremony for 19 New US Citizens from 13 different countries during National Library Week

    Salt Lake City Public Library's President's Day Naturalization Ceremony
    Salt Lake City welcomed 29 new citizens to the United States at the Downtown library, with remarks from President Obama and Mayor Biskupski.

    San Francisco Public Libraries Citizenship Resources
    Prepare for the USCIS naturalization interview with the helpful resources available in several languages at, including a guide to naturalization, detailed practice materials for the citizenship exam, and a list of local organizations that can help you with the naturalization process. Check out their SFPL multilingual citizenship videos.

    Schaumburg Library Citizenship Oath Ceremony
    See footage from a Citizenship Ceremony at the Schaumburg Library. Approximately 70 immigrants became new US citizens.

    West Irving Library Citizenship Classes (video)
    In a special class offered at the West Irving Library, some people are getting help in their quest to become U.S. citizens.

    Santa Clara County Library Citizenship Resources
    Prepare for U.S. citizenship with these helpful resources, including a guide to naturalization, detailed practice materials for the citizenship exam, and a list of web resources that can help you with the naturalization process.

    Sunday, April 4, 2021

    A U.S. Citizenship Quiz for Easter

    uscitizenpod: A U.S. Citizenship Quiz for Easter 

    This quiz pairs ten citizenship questions with ten American Christians from the western Catholic and Protestant traditions:
    • Bartolomé de las Casas
    • Sojourner Truth
    • Aimee Semple McPherson
    • Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin
    • Bishop Fulton Sheen
    • Mother Angelica
    • Billy Graham
    • Huston Smith
    • Watchman Nee
    Later, dig deeper into the lives of these saints. For example, Bartolome de las Casas was once a slave owner himself, but changed. His failed mission in Puerto Rico compelled him to take holy orders as a Dominican friar. This change eventually led to his new job as the Bishop of Chiapas, Mexico where used his power to fight for civil rights. Reading his works today, it would be easy to imagine what he would say about the Black Lives Matter movement, Puerto Rico's economic woes, or the increased militarization of U.S.-Mexico border. Download the bonus quiz pdf!
    Also see: Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

    U.S. Citizenship Resources for April: Passover, Easter, Ramadan, and more!

    Tulips in front of the U.S. Capitol Building

    U.S. Citizenship Resources for April: Passover, Easter, Ramadan, and more!

    March 27 to April 2 Passover (updated) post
    Passover Haggadah celebrating our Immigrant Nation and a POP Quiz

    April 2: Good Friday (updated) post
    GOOD FRIDAY Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources

    April 4: Easter  (updated) post
    A U.S. Citizenship Quiz for Easter

    April 4-10: National Library Week  post
    Explore the role of Libraries in supporting the formation of new American citizens!

    April 12 - May 12 Ramadan
    Citizenship Resources for Ramadan 2020 post  (I am working on the update)

    April 15: Income Tax Day 
    15 question quiz and more post (postponed until May 17)

    April 22: Earth Day 
    Citizenship Resources for Earth Day post

    May 2: Pascha 
    Happy Pascha! A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of Eastern Orthodox Christian Americans post

    Friday, April 2, 2021

    GOOD FRIDAY Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources 2021

    Cross at the Arizona/Mexico Border Photo Source

    The Way of Asylum as a community experience of compassion and empathy was inspired by the art of Michelina Nicotera-Taxiera, who created a moving interpretation of Stations of the Cross, a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. In her version, Michelina's art recognizes that asylum seekers embody Christ in our midst, confronting us with the truly horrific journey that many who seek asylum endure on their journey to seek safety and refuge.

    DSJ: Stations of the Cross: The American Immigrant Experience 
    Via Cruces: La Experiencia de los Inmigrantes en Los Estados Unidos Based on the Scriptural Version of the Stations by Fr. Jon Pedigo, STL

    Daylesford Abbey: Stations of the Cross for Immigrants and Migrants
    When we pray the Stations, it is not for the purpose of undertaking an historical remembering of what occurred but to show us what is happening now – what is happening within each of us. The reason for praying the Stations of the Cross is to enter into the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself for us – to experience his means of transforming suffering through love. (see their collection of themed-SOTC)

    Episcopalian Migration Ministries

    Our reflection authors represent a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds; each offers a poignant reflection on a Station and its relevance to migration and what it means to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ. Each reflection calls us back to our essential identity as beloved children of God and asks us to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the Cross in a world being transformed by migration.

    Monuments to the Future 
    This year’s exhibition takes viewers on a virtual journey around the world.  Each station responds to a monument or memorial, reflecting a tumultuous year in which fresh memorials sprung up to grieve the dead and historic monuments to prejudice were toppled and dismantled.  We invited artists to keep these connotations in mind, but ultimately left the terms ‘monument’ and ‘memorial’ open to interpretation.

    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.

    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

    Lenten worshippers admired the artwork exhibit created with sacred artifacts found along the U.S.-Mexico border

    Only In America Podcast with Ali Noorani: Bearing Witness Along the Border
    Ali’s guest is Beth Cossin, a network pastor with the Heritage Church in the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois. She is also site director for the Esperanza Legal Assistance Center in Moline, Illinois. Beth recently visited the southern border with fellow pastors from the Wesleyan Church.  She talks with Ali about bearing witness on the delegation trip to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, the importance of sharing the stories of migrants and serving the underserved in her community.

    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.

    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.

    Hear the prayers which we pour forth to you, for the freedom of captives and the conversion of those who enslave them.

    More Faith-Based Immigration and Refugee Resources

    Catholic Relief Service: Ministry 
    Resources throughout the year related to justice for immigrants, refugees, and the marginalized.  Powerful Stations of the Cross.

    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.

    Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
    Driven by the biblical mandate to serve the “least of these” (Matthew- 25:40), we strengthen Hispanic communities. We carry out this mission through a variety of programs and services that are all designed to empower people through education, housing and economic development, immigration legal services, job training and advocacy.

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

    Sojourners: Immigration: Welcoming the Stranger
    The United States is a nation of immigrants. Yet, our laws prevent immigrants from using their God-given gifts to improve communities and grow the economy. Through our work with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and other partners, we are articulating the biblical witness for immigration reform, demonstrating the human cost of inaction, and encouraging our political leaders to take action. By working together, we believe the faith community has a historic opportunity to help create a road map to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. who wish to fully integrate and contribute to the social fabric of our nation. 

    Thursday, April 1, 2021

    Citizenship Spring Class 04


    Fall Citizenship Zoom Class is Tue and Thu 7:00-8:30 pm PDT
    For one-on-one interviews 6:00-7:00 pm--email Teacher Jennifer

    Zoom: ID: 597 738 4168, Password: 226317 
    Direct Link to the Winter Citizenship Zoom Class 


    • Lan Thi Nguyen (Vietnam): Constitution and Citizenship Week Interview Quiz 2015 pdf