1. For what reasons do people come from other countries to the United States?
They come for religious freedom; they come because their country has been destroyed by war or a bad government; they want a better way of life for themselves and their family.
2. Why do new citizens have to be sworn in?
Since they were not born into the United States, they must apply for citizenship in order to stay here for any length of time. At the end of that process, which includes a test on American history, they pledge allegiance to the United States, renounce their allegiance to their former country, and swear that they will be a loyal American citizen.
3. What are the general requirements for U.S. Citizenship? Should there be any requirements added or removed from the list? Explain.
An applicant for U.S. citizenship must be at least 18 years old; have been a lawful resident of the U.S. for at least 5 years with good moral character (not been arrested for criminal behavior – listed on the site); attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; able to read, write, speak, and understand words in simple English; take and pass the test on the history and government of the U.S. (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration)