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American definition

My opinion

Posted by Shoshannah on 2004-11-28 04:56:39

I chose the Hispanic born and raised in the US, however, in reality there should be no such thing as "more American". It's kind of like religion. A person born a Catholic/baptized in infancy is no more a Catholic than an adult who chooses to undergo the conversion process. Both are Catholics regardless of when they became Catholic. Same goes with citizenship. Both are American. Both the person born IN America and the person with a full US citizenship (permanent immigrant and such IS different) are equal as Americans in every way and should not be treated differently. Also, I've read on the visa/immigration website that a person has to live in the USA for SEVERAL years (a decade or so?? can't remember exactly) before being accepted as a citizen. If this person has lived in the country long enough to be considered an American--after going through the process--this person should be considered an American plain and simple, no questions asked.