On Borders and Citizens
“My US citizenship is a kind of bulwark. It is not a guarantee of protection.”
As the spouse of a US citizen, I could apply for citizenship within three years of receiving my green card, which I did. My citizenship grants me the inalienable right to live in this country. It also affirms that I am a part of the body politic.
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Luis received the first coins he had ever held. “Keep these safe,” the man said. “You’ll need them.”
The contours of a border become a lot less rigid when you carry what are deemed to be the right documents.
If I approached my immigration experience the same way people approach a start-up, maybe I could optimize the amount of time it took me to integrate.