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It Only Took 18 Years, But I'm Finally A United States Citizen

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Brown Girl Magazine

I was thirteen when 9/11 happened, just a few weeks into the start of the eighth grade. The series of events that that horrifying incident put into action are still playing out to this day, 14 years later.

Arab Region Needs to Separate Religion from State Affairs

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

The time has come for a new look at the role of religion in the governance of states. Jordan would do well to be a leader in this important process, as well.

Financial Access and Services Are Essential for Immigrant Integration

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.20.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Many Hispanic families lack access to safe and affordable credit or know their credit score, which often results in people seeking high-cost alternative financial services like check cashing or payday loans or relying on family and friends for financial help.

U.S. Schools Don't Fail at Test Performance, They Fail at Citizenship Development

Arthur Camins | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Arthur Camins

We need an education system intentionally designed to engage students to understand their values and to learn how to become effective citizens. Which questions teachers ask or do not ask influences how their students understand the world and their role in it.

Immigrant Rights Leaders Say This Is the Time to Act

Elena Shore | Posted 11.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

A day after the 5th Circuit announced its ruling against the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration, immigrant rights leaders said now is the time to act.

U.S. Citizenship: Does it Even Matter?

Michael Wildes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Michael Wildes

Some people acquire U.S. citizenship immediately at birth, for others, U.S. citizenship is conferred later in life. Regardless of how it is acquired, there are very fundamental reasons why a person would want to be recognized as a U.S. citizen.

Operation Sending Hope: Making the Holidays Brighter for America's Military Families

Mia Toschi | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Mia Toschi

he average military child will attend between six and nine schools, according to the Council for State Governments. Being the new kid on the block is rarely easy but being the new kid every year can often lead to bullying issues as these boys and girls try and make new friends and fit in.

Cinderella, A Hot Dog And A Mini-Donald Trump Just Became U.S. Citizens

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

Anna from "Frozen" and Captain Phasma from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" are now U.S. citizens. So are a hot dog, a butterfly, a SWAT team officer a...

The Good ,the Bad, the 'Social'

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 10.27.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

Parents need to stop pushing their children to compete and outperform others. Life is not all about being the best or the most popular. Children are taught the paradigms of achievement and success, and their minds are constantly burdened by the need to live up to their parents' expectations.

Longtime Refugees Grateful for Citizenship in Tanzania

Barbara Borst | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Barbara Borst

Freedom. Happiness. Gratitude. These are words that people here use over and over to describe how they feel about becoming Tanzanian citizens after more than 40 years as refugees from Burundi.

Government Response to Protests Reveals Clash of Cultures in Beirut

Halim Shebaya | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

This clash did not begin with the 'You Stink' protests due to the garbage crisis. It is arguably the apogee of years of work on social and political issues spearheaded by activists and NGOs working on a wide variety of topics.

Asylum: What You Should Know Before Applying

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

Blurring Boundaries and the Illusion of Global Citizenship

Sabine Kobayter | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Sabine Kobayter

I can't decide what confused me more, the sorbet that looked like a rock at Atera in New York, or the menu that combined labneh, sweet potatoes and kimchee at an East London supper club.

Why Citizenship Matters

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Thomas E. Perez

As Hispanic Heritage Month gets underway, I find myself thinking about my parents and their early days in the United States. I consider what America represented to my parents back then - a safe harbor after fleeing the regime of President Rafael Trujillo, a notorious dictator.

Modern Day Settlement Houses Strengthening Communities Across the Country

National Council of La Raza | Posted 09.18.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

TODEC's Youth Leadership Team is spreading out across the community knocking on doors to encourage eligible permanent residents to become citizens and urging citizens to register to vote.

Redefining Citizenship

Steven Choi | Posted 09.16.2015 | New York
Steven Choi

What can our nation do to welcome and encourage this "active citizenship" that has enriched the lives of so many Americans?

LA Ethnic Media Promote Citizenship in September

Elena Shore | Posted 09.08.2015 | Los Angeles
Elena Shore

Saul Montoya had his green card for 35 years before he decided to become a U.S. citizen. It was his wife Leticia, who is a U.S. citizen herself, who f...

What Pope Francis Might Say On Migrants And Refugees

Donald Kerwin | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Donald Kerwin

Pope Francis will enter a nation with a proud history of opening its doors to the world's refugees and dispossessed, yet one experiencing the greatest level of animosity, skepticism and opposition toward its own refugee protection programs in decades.

How Countries Fight Against Political Spending That Corrupts Democracy

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Frances Moore Lappe

I want to find out how other countries are fighting for democracy against its corruption by powerful private interests. My learning began in a conversation with Secretary General Yves Leterme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), a Stockholm-based organization of 28 member states.

These Countries Show Why Losing Birthright Citizenship Could Be A Disaster

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

A significant portion of the GOP presidential field wants to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, either by amendi...

Revoking 14th Amendment Birthright Citizenship: The Ultimate in Voter Suppression

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Presidential candidate Donald Trump and several of his Republican competitors have now endorsed the notion of doing away with the very first sentence of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

From a Recipient of Birthright Citizenship: Immigration Made America Great, Because Immigrants Are Us

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Whether we are descended from majority who came here willfully and found a better life, or from the many who came here unwillingly and lived lives of destitution and terror, the fact remains: We are all transplants, all the descendants of immigrants who desired to have a flourishing life.

All Americans Not Equal: Mistrust and Discrimination Against Naturalized Citizens in the U.S.

Alev Dudek | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, of which about six percent are naturalized U.S. citizens. Given the image associated with immigrants, one would assume that all Americans in the U.S., natural born or naturalized, have equal worth as citizens. This, however, is not necessarily the case.

Donald Trump and Birthright Citizenship: The Right Debate

Donald Kerwin | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Donald Kerwin

As Donald Trump seeks to ride proposed legislative repeal of the Fourteenth Amendment's citizenship clause to the Republican presidential nomination, several of his rivals have called this debate a distraction.

Yer Mama's an Anchor Baby, and Other Electoral Silliness

Martin Luz | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Martin Luz

GOP presidential candidates are now calling for a repeal of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, for being unconstitutional. OK. But let's say there never was a 14th Amendment. Would Donald Trump be a U.S. citizen today? Maybe, but maybe not.