Debating Citizenship

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Student Name: Patrick Bauer
Interviewee Name: Jeremy Quibs
How do you know the interviewee? Great Uncle

What inspired you to become a U.S. citizen?
I was a political refugee from Poland. Life was hard where I came from and I wanted to live the American life. I always heard of stories of how good life is in America and I wanted to and live there.

What steps did you have to take as part of the naturalization process? In order to be naturalized into becoming a U.S. citizen, I had to first get my "Green Card." This would let me live in America as a permanent U.S. resident. After 5 years I could apply for naturalization. Since my wife was a U.S. citizen, I only had to wait for 3 years. I also couldn't have any serious criminal records in the U.S. or Poland. I had to go through a written exam to test my English and writing skills. This was tough for me because my native language was polish. I also had to answer questions about U.S. government and history. Finally when it was my turn to become a U.S. citizen, I had to swear the Oath of Allegiance.

How would you describe how you felt about the process?
I felt fairly scared throughout the process because I wasn't sure I would be able to pass the exams. I was afraid that they would deport me back to Poland in those 3 years.

How has citizenship changed your life?
Becoming a citizen of the U.S.A. has greatly influenced my life. I am now able to vote and be a part of the wonderful government that protects and serves all citizens.

Is your daily life different because of citizenship?
No, my daily life is not different due to becoming a citizen. I did basically the same stuff when I was a permanent resident. The only main difference was that I could vote.

Do you feel the process was worthwhile?
Yes, I feel the process was worthwhile. I was so worried that the government would deport me back to Poland, but now I can feel comfortable and safe in my own home.

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