Being quite outspoken about the immigration issue, and in a recent article, going so far as to suggest that immigrants “demanding” the right to vote in local elections become citizens, I thought it might be interesting to examine the eight steps to becoming an American citizen.
Step 1: Eligibility
(Paraphrased) You must be at least 18 years old and have resided in the US for 5 years, or are married to and living with that same citizen for 3 years. Also, you must be able to read, write, and speak English, and have the knowledge and understanding of US history and government to pass a short test. You must be of good moral character, have an “attachment” to the US Constitution, a “favorable disposition” toward the United States, and be willing to support and defend it.
Step 2: Complete an application and send the required documents.
Step 3: Get photographed.
Step 4: Send application, documents and fee ($675) to the Service Center.
Step 5: Get fingerprinted.
Step 6: Appear for your interview.
Step 7: Receive the decision.
Step 8: Attend a ceremony and take the citizenship oath.
This doesn’t sound too difficult to me. I was especially impressed with the actual oath of citizenship that 5000 people pledged at Fenway Park in Boston recently. The oath is below, in its entirety.
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”
Please take a look at the photos here. They speak for themselves. Notice it is the American flag these new legal citizens wave. I wonder why it is that rather than following the path to legal citizenship, some immigrants choose to demand certain rights from a country they are so critical of, and apparently have little or no allegiance to. To those 5000 citizens of these United States, I say, loudly and without hesitation, WELCOME TO AMERICA!