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The Fourteenth Amendment: Defining US Citizenship Section 1.All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. How does this amendment change the definition of citizenship?
Citizenship in the United States • According to the text of the 14th, what are the two ways a person can become a US citizen? • How can someone become a citizen by birth? • What is the process called in which a foreign-born person becomes a US citizen? **In addition, in 2000, Congress passed the Child Citizenship Act (CCA), which allows any child under the age of 18 who is adopted by a U.S. citizen and immigrates to the United States to acquire immediate citizenship.
Naturalization Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The general requirements for administrative naturalization include: • Must be 18 years old • a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; • an ability to read, write, and speak English; • a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government; • good moral character; • attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and, • Favorable disposition toward the United States. • From uscis.gov
Citizenship Exam • What is the supreme law of the land? • Name one right or freedom found in the First Amendment. • What did the Declaration of Independence do? • Why does the flag have 13 stripes? • Name your two US Senators and your U.S. Representative. • Name one state that borders Canada. • Who is the Governor of your state? • What is the capital city of your state? • In what month are general presidential elections held? • Name two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy. • Which country sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States? • Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States. • What is the tallest mountain in the United States? • Name the ocean that is west of the United States.
Naturalization Oath of Allegiance of the United States of America • "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."