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    Naturalization

    I guess I might as well post it here. Although it's become rather slow over the years.


    At the end of February this year. I became a 'Naturalized US Citizen'.
    Didn't feel like renewing the Green Card Again.

    Funny story. My Green Card expired in September.
    On the way home. I had to cross through a Border Patrol Checkpoint.
    I told the Officer my GC was expired as I handed it to him.
    He just looked at it asked me if I applied for an extension/renewal. I said no, told him I was naturalizing (sp). He said ok told me I could leave.
    I said.... Really...? Thought for sure you guys would give me a hard time. He said Nope.
    So much for being hard on illegals. 🤣😂.


    Anyway Right timing I guess. Just after WE got Trump for President.
    It's gonna be an interesting 4 years. IF he lasts that long.
    Last edited by BaLa; 05-20-17 at 06:22 PM.

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    Do you feel "natural"?

    Glad it wasn't a hassle for you.

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    All the agents that would make it a hassle are on the southern border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    Do you feel "natural"?

    Glad it wasn't a hassle for you.
    No feel the same strangely. 😂
    Just part of the process.
    I think the Hispanic seemed the most excited.

    It was a very large group.
    I was in Group 2 of 3. Around 500 people each.
    Was in a High School Auditorium in San Antonio TX.


    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    All the agents that would make it a hassle are on the southern border.
    It was just EAST of El Paso near Van Horn.
    Last edited by BaLa; 05-21-17 at 09:40 AM.

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    If you had a green card for many years and applied for citizenship they have nothing to hold against you.. You have already been through the vetting process, it is not like you just "jumped the fence" and are illegal. They don't care as much if you overstayed your legal status, they are overworked with more pressing cases of people who entered the country illegally without being screened at all, this seems to be their primary target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    If you had a green card for many years and applied for citizenship they have nothing to hold against you.. You have already been through the vetting process, it is not like you just "jumped the fence" and are illegal. They don't care as much if you overstayed your legal status, they are overworked with more pressing cases of people who entered the country illegally without being screened at all, this seems to be their primary target.
    Yep.
    People will forget what you said... and people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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    congrats BaLa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    congrats BaLa
    Thanks

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    I welcome you as a US Citizen! My wife received her citizenship back during either a Reagen or Ford amnesty window. She said back then it was quite easy. I honestly feel proud when people become citizens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easto View Post
    I welcome you as a US Citizen! My wife received her citizenship back during either a Reagen or Ford amnesty window. She said back then it was quite easy. I honestly feel proud when people become citizens.
    Thanks.

    What makes it so much harder now?
    I didn't think it was that bad.
    Of course we moved here like 20 years ago. In 1996.
    I went to school from 8th grade on.

    I did spend a good bit of time listening to the CD with the Questions.

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    As a US citizen it is now your civic duty to form bias uninformed opinions that you call "facts", and stubbornly deny, in the face of real facts, that you could possibly be wrong, while calling anyone that disagrees with you either a cry baby liberal or a right wing nut, your pick.
    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking

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    That seems a bit harsh and bitter. It is true that people are very polarized and entrenched in their political stance lately, but we shouldn't lose faith in America, as it is very diverse and there are also intelligent, forward-thinking individuals out there trying to change it for the better.

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    You need to lighten up, it was a joke.
    "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking

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    I suppose, it didn't come across to me as such

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    Congrats Bala! I have helped a few pass that test and have no doubts that many people that were born and schooled here, could not pass it.

    Just don't fall for MadDoc's tricks that he will try to play on you such as him giving you a yearly "medical exam" to maintain your status. And I don't care what he says, monthly prostate exams are NOT the norm nor a requirement!

    And watch out for Easto's recommendations for hair removal crème! According to the reviews they don't work out too well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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    I thought that was going to be our secret?

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    I have helped a few pass that test and have no doubts that many people that were born and schooled here, could not pass it.
    Thanks Ken

    I went to school here (8-11th) and didn't graduate HS if that means anything


    From a list of 100 questions they pick 10.(they were pre picked, so it's not something the interviewer just picked)
    Have to get 6 right. Simple really.
    I got asked only 7 since I got 1 wrong.
    Also once you get 6 right no need to keep going.

    Don't remember the question I got wrong but it was a date.
    I don't do well remembering dates.
    Few of the questions I got were geography questions.

    During the fingerprinting they give you a book that comes with a CD.
    I don't do well with tests... So I was little worried.
    I spent hours listening to the CD. Worked out well well for me since all I do is drive.

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