“The first requisite of a good citizen in this
Republic of our is that he shall be able and
willing to pull his own weight.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS
Other than Native Americans, all
Americans today are descendents
British colonists and slaves from
Africa were the first immigrants to
the United States.
For more than 200 years, people
around the world have come to
America seeking a better life for
themselves and their children.
Congress has the sole power to
STATUE OF LIBERTY
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
- Emma Lazarus
Gift from France to commemorate the
American-French alliance during the
A symbol of hope, freedom, and opportunity
to participate in the future of our nation.
COMING TO AMERICA
People come to the United States for different reasons, and not
everyone who comes to America stays in America.
– Resident Alien
– Non-Resident Alien
– Illegal Alien
People who want to live and work in America permanently should
become citizens of the United States.
“All persons born…in the United States are in fact
citizens of the United States and the state wherein
Citizenship by birth is determined in two ways:
1. jus soli – law of the soil; where one is born.
2. jus sanguinis – law of the blood; to whom one is
BECOMING A US CITIZEN
Jus Soli - Citizenship through Birth
Jus Sanguinis - Citizenship through Parents
Citizenship through the Military
Citizenship through Naturalization
USCIS Home Page
18 years of age.
Entered the country legally, and lived in the US for 5
years (3 if married to American citizen).
Possess “good moral character”.
Pass English proficiency test (read, write, speak).
Pass Naturalization Test.
Oath of allegiance to US.
BEING A CITIZEN
citizenship: the status of a citizen with its attendant duties,
rights, and privileges. - American Heritage Dictionary
Being a citizen of the US involves rights, obligations, and a
promise of loyalty.
All citizens are expected to participate in the success of the
RIGHTS OF US CITIZENS
Run for office.
Carry a US passport.
Apply for a federal job.
Privilege to all the rights and protections of the US
RESPONSIBILITIES OF US CITIZENS
Serve on a jury.
Give up loyalty to other countries.
Defend the Constitution and laws of the US.
Obey the laws of the US.
Serve in the US military if needed.
Be loyal to the US.
LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP
expatriation – legal process by which a person
voluntarily abandons his/her citizenship.
denaturalization – involuntary loss of citizenship of a
naturalized citizen by court order because of fraud or
deportation – legal process in which aliens are
required to leave the US.
Arizona State Law
Signed in April of 2010 - criminalizes illegal
immigration by defining it as trespassing and allows
local law enforcement agencies to question people
they suspect of being undocumented.
The United States v. Arizona
Arizona Immigration Law
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