The United States is a nation made up of immigrants. For centuries, people have come to the US in search of prosperity, freedom, financial success, and many other reasons. According to dictionary.com, an immigrant is a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence. People may immigrate for different reasons; the harsh conditions in their native country may have been to hard which resulted in their need to travel to another country. Why come to America of all countries? America has blessed every citizen with rights and privileges that can’t be taken away. The promise of such rights entices others to come to our country to retrieve what they could never get in their country. That is why thousands of people migrate to the US every year. Thanks to the naturalization process, many of those people can become another member of the beautiful country we call America.
Being an American is a term that many take very lightly, but can be explained in many different ways. To me, being American means being apart of this “melting pot” and enjoying the fact that we live in a place with so many diverse ethnicities. The exposure to all the different races allows for the learning of various cultures and rituals. It also means that you are included in the leading democratic country in the world which gives you the right to choose and have an opinion on what you think is good, not only for you, but for the country as a whole. If you’re a native citizen, these privileges are guaranteed to you since birth, but if you’re a naturalized citizen there are some steps you have to take to attain those privileges. Turning 18 years old is a major part of this process, along with being a permanent and lawful US for 5 years. If you can read, write, and speak simple English and have some knowledge about US gov’t and history, you are already half way through the process. Applications for citizenship are available through www.uscis.gov, where all the...
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September 21, 2010
Period: 5/Civics Hon
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