1_4 What is Citizenship?
Identify a person to interview. Ask your Learning Coach to help you locate someone who completed the naturalization process. As an alternative, you could write a Fictional Interview with a naturalized citizen
A. Ask the questions below. Take notes or record the interview. Student Name: ___Jessica Torres_________________
Interviewee Name: _________Valdas Adamkus___________
How do you know the interviewee? ___I know the interviewee when me and him went to Chicago as refugees._____________________________________ Questions and Responses
Notes on Interviewee Response
What inspired you to become a U.S. citizen?
The reason why I wanted to become a U.S. citizen was to be a politician and become President of Lithuania because I wanted to help my hometown become a better place and also my family members there.
What steps did you have to take as part of the naturalization process?
As part of the naturalization process there is a lot of steps. I had to be a resident for 5 years in the U.S., I had to have a family member live in the U.S for 3 years, anything to do with the military for over a year, could be a U.S national, and had to be employed for 5 years plus by a U.S nonprofit organization. There are many ore things that I had to do though in the process.
How would you describe how you felt about the process?
How I feel about the process is that it was very long, there were a lot of requirements in order to be a part of it and to get it, and also you had to do a lot so you can keep it. I didn’t see my family for awhile because I was not able to leave and I did not want to risk it even if I went for a weekend.
How has citizenship changed your life?
The citizenship has changed my life in many ways. I became president of Lithuania, I have a lot more opportunities, I better myself and my family, and also I can afford a lot more of the things I couldn’t before and it’s just a lot better having the citizenship living wise.
Is your daily life different because of citizenship?
My daily life is a lot different because of the citizenship. It’s different because I can do a lot more so I am doing things that I wasn’t able to before or felt like I couldn’t because I wasn’t like everyone else and also I couldn’t afford it. Do you feel the process was worthwhile?
To be honest I do think that the process was worthwhile. The process has changed my life because in the end I have a lot more things that I can do because I am a citizen and I can finally get my family out of the situations that they are in because I have the money.
If you had to, would you do it again? Please explain.
If I had to do it again I believe that I will do it over again because it is something that help me and help the people that I love and care about in the end. Anybody I think should do this process if they want their life to change.
(Create an additional question.)
How does your family feel about your decision in going thru with the process?
My family is actually very happy about me doing this naturalization process because they are happy that I bettered myself, my future family, and them.
B. Write a two-paragraph reflection of the naturalization process. Use the following questions as a guide:
What is the purpose of the naturalization process?
Does the process work well? In other words, does the process achieve its goals? Would you change the process if you could? Explain why you would or why you would not make a change. If you would, include how you would change the naturalization process. The purpose of the naturalization process is for non native United States citizens to become citizens of the United States and also better their lives by going through the process. This process helps people help themselves and their families that they have that are not United States citizens. I believe that the process does work very well. I think that it does...
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