Citizenship in the United States

People say the pledge of allegiance at a US citizenship ceremony for 80 immigrant children and youths in Los Angeles.

Want to pass high school? First pass a citizenship test


As if the SAT, ACT and state exams weren’t enough, Arizona high school students will now also have to pass the citizenship ship in order to graduate. Advocates say it’s a tool to make sure kids graduate with the proper grasp of history and government.

This map shows where immigrant Americans are congregating — and where they’re not

Global Politics
Anais Arias-Aragon poses for pictures with her certificate after receiving proof of U.S. citizenship

An Oregon high school class creates an alternate test for US citizenship

Development & Education
The Oath of Allegiance is held next to an American flag during a naturalization ceremony for citizen candidates in Washington, DC, on July 3, 2013.

What does the US citizenship exam actually test?

Development & Education
In 2012, Tarek Hamdi, from Egypt, received his US naturalization certificate. He first applied for citizenship in 2001 but faced more than a decade of delays and denials until he won his case.

A recently-uncovered federal program turned one man’s path to citizenship into a 11-year trek

Conflict & Justice
Immigrants take the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony to become new citizens of the U.S. in New York.

What’s the big deal about US citizenship?

Conflict & Justice

Citizenship was once a dream for immigrants. Now, the difference between a green card and citizenship may not be worth the trouble for many.

A woman holds up her certificate of U.S. citizenship

Discussion: Why is citizenship so significant in the debate on immigration reform?

Global Politics

What makes the issue of citizenship so divisive? What does the “path to citizenship” look like now and what obstacles already exist for immigrants? What impact might the different plans have on this country? Join an online discussion.

Law professor says deportation is largely ineffective as an immigration policy

Global Politics

U.S. deportations have reached record-breaking levels. Boston College Law Professor Daniel Kanstroom believes the deportations are ineffective and that America’s immigration policy needs comprehensive reform to avoid hurting legal U.S. citizens and residents.

11 Million and Growing: Breaking Down the Number of Undocumented Immigrants in the US

11 million. It’s the estimated number of immigrants living in the US illegally. But how did we even get to that figure? From the public radio collaboration Fronteras Desk, reporter Adrian Florido finds out.

The Naturalization of the World’s News Editor

On December 20th, The World’s News Editor, Chris Woolf, was naturalized as a US citizen, at a ceremony with 365 other applicants at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. He live tweeted the whole event.