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United States Citizenship
By Phyllis Naegeli
1 What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States? A citizen is a person who is a member of our country. As a citizen, you give your loyalty to the U.S. government. In return, the government protects you and all your rights granted in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
2 If you were born in the United States, you are already a citizen. If you were born in a U.S. territory or another country and one of your parents is a citizen, then you are a citizen. Not everyone who lives in our country is a citizen. Some people have to become citizens through naturalization.
3 Naturalization is a long process. First, a person must be at least eighteen years old. Before anyone can apply, he or she needs to be a legal resident for at least five years, and he needs to display good moral character and loyalty to our country. To become citizens, people must also be able to read, write, and speak English, have knowledge and understanding of United States history and government, and believe in the Constitution. In addition, they must be willing to take an oath of loyalty to the U.S. If they meet these requirements, they can submit an application for citizenship. The next step is to take an exam to prove they meet the conditions of becoming a citizen. The final phase is to appear in court and take an oath of allegiance.
4 As a citizen, you have many rights and privileges. You also have many duties. As you grow, you will have more rights, privileges, and responsibilities.
5 At age eighteen, you will be able to vote. A vote is the power to take part in our government. By voting, you choose a man or woman to represent you in the government. Before using this right, carefully study the views of the candidates. This will help you to make wise choices. If you choose not to vote, you give up the right to take part in our government.
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