What It Means To Be A Citizen

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What It Means To Be A Citizen

  1. 1. What it Means to Be a Citizen <ul><li>Friday, September 14, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Power Point on Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Homework Assignment Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Current News on Monday next week! </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who is a Citizen? <ul><li>Born in the US </li></ul><ul><li>Born abroad to 2 US citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Born abroad to 1 US citizen </li></ul><ul><li>Naturalized </li></ul><ul><ul><li><18 yrs old when parents are naturalized </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Naturalization Process <ul><li>Application for Naturalization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Form N-400 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fingerprinted </li></ul><ul><li>Interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English and Civics Test </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taking the Oath </li></ul>
  4. 4. What does it mean to be a citizen? <ul><li>You are a citizen for life! </li></ul><ul><li>The Constitution and laws give many rights to both citizens and non-citizens living in the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>HOWEVER, some rights are only for citizens: </li></ul>
  5. 5. What does it mean to be a citizen? <ul><li>PRIVILEGE </li></ul><ul><li>VS </li></ul><ul><li>RIGHTS </li></ul>
  6. 6. Three Components to Citizenship <ul><li>Rights and Privileges </li></ul><ul><li>Duties </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibilities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Rights <ul><li>Voting </li></ul><ul><li>Only citizens can vote in Federal elections. Most States also restrict the right to vote, in most elections to US Citizens. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Rights Guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights <ul><li>Free Speech…. </li></ul><ul><li>Religious Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Due Process </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Trial </li></ul><ul><li>Equal justice under law. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other Benefits <ul><li>Bringing family members to the US </li></ul><ul><li>Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad. </li></ul><ul><li>Traveling with US Passport </li></ul><ul><li>Eligible for Federal Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming an elected official </li></ul>
  10. 10. Duties of Citizens <ul><li>Obeying the laws-”RULE OF LAW” </li></ul><ul><li>Defending the nation, Constitution, and laws of the United States. Including serving the country when required. </li></ul><ul><li>Serve on Juries/witness in courts. </li></ul><ul><li>Paying Taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Attending School </li></ul><ul><li>Swear allegiance to the United States and give up prior allegiance to other nations. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Responsibilities <ul><li>Working toward the common good. </li></ul><ul><li>Voting </li></ul><ul><li>Hold public office and participate in election campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing government </li></ul><ul><li>Serving the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Being informed!! </li></ul>
  12. 12. What kind of citizen will you be? <ul><li>? </li></ul>

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