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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Often we only talk about what the immigrant gains, or what they “take.” We don’t consider what they have left behind.
Luis received the first coins he had ever held. “Keep these safe,” the man said. “You’ll need them.”