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Citizenship Essay

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Citizenship Essay

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, 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, where all the information that you need about becoming a citizen will be available to you. All that’s left is your interview, test, and the finally the ceremony where you are sworn in as an official US citizen.

Becoming an American citizen is the start to the successful life that most only dream about. Once a citizen, the justice system gives you rights that no one else can take away, some of which include a speedy and public trial, having a witness testify in a court and protection from cruel & unusual punishment. These, along with others, separate American citizens from underprivileged countries. Not only do they separate us, they unify us as a nation. Becoming unified doesn’t mean physically becoming a single, committed unit, it means honoring the fact that we all have different opinions and that were human and make mistakes. Judging people doesn’t make us unified, it separates us immensely. Being free and created by the same God that gives us all the same inalienable rights makes us unified; Not only as a nation, but as people in general.

Some people immigrate to the US mostly because of financial, sentimental, economic, religious and political reasons. Some come to flee wars in their home countries. They hope to find a better future and to escape crammed spaces. Some want to experience new things and find new opportunities that weren't open before. There is also a push/pull factor, where your country has few jobs but your neighboring country have many jobs available. Many come here because they are in poverty and are in need and see America as a place that can help to change that situation.

United States of America is known as the land of opportunity for many immigrants who dare to dream of a better life. Since the beginning of American history, United States has focused more about equal opportunity than any other country. There are many people who strongly believe that once they come to the United States it is almost guaranteed to find success. For example, my relatives in Jamaica always say how my parents how become successful and have earned so much since making the decision to come to America. Moving to America probably was the hardest thing my mom had to do. Leaving a place that you knew so well to come to such unfamiliar surroundings must have been such a culture shock. But leaving allowed a variety of options for her family that wouldn’t have been available in Jamaica, which had an extremely positive affect on our life seeing that it has changed for the better.

Traveling almost 1,600 miles away from home can be tedious and scary. It takes guts and courage to do something on your own like that, which is what my mom did. Coming to see if she could “further help my family and I” was the driving force behind her decision. Upon her arrival, it was difficult but she eventually learned to adjust to everything. The hardest thing would’ve probably been the weather, Jamaica is a tropical island, where the temperature is most 90-100s and the lowest it can get is in the 70s. America, the East Coast, definitely deals with temperature lower than that especially in the winter. Getting a job was hard for her seeing as though she could’ve used the subjects that she passed along with her High School Diploma to get a very good paying job. In America, college is where you have to go if you want to even think of getting a good job, because my mom never went to college many jobs that she wish she could apply for are out of her reach because she doesn’t have the proper requirements. Despite all of that, my mom embraced this change and came into America with no fear, just her eagerness to get used to all the different cultures, landmarks, and people. Citizenship is a beautiful process that welcomes anyone to a place full of different kinds of people. This place allows all races, ethnicities, to come together and become one and won’t turn you away because of your right and determination to live here.

Works Cited
Graf, Katie. “American Citizenship.”
Central High School. 02 September 2010. | Find the Meanings and Definitions of Words at Web. 21 Sept. 2010. .

Latoya Edwards
September 21, 2010
Period: 5/Civics Hon
Mrs. Graf
Citizenship Essay

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