America; why and how to join.

By Nya White and Caroline Ferrell

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Natural Born Citizens

  • Have all the rights stated in the Constitution of the USA.
  • Become a natural born citizen by being born on US territory or having at least one American parent.
  • Rights and/or citizenship can be taken away because of treason/breaking the law or becoming a citizen of another country.

Naturalized Citizen

  • Have all the rights stated in the U.S Constitution, but cannot become President or Vice President
  • To become a citizen you must be at least 18, live as a permanent resident for a certain amount of time, or serve in the military or have a spouse who lives in America and is a citizen. You can also be accepted if you are fleeing danger in your home country.
  • Rights and/or citizenship can be taken because of treason/breaking the law, becoming a citizen of another country, or because of naturalization fraud.

Legal Aliens/Expats

  • Become a legal alien by getting a Visa, or for asylum
  • Have the rights in the Bill of Rights. (Owning property, going to school, due process, etc.)
  • Rights can be taken away because of any major infraction, and they can be deported.

Important Character Traits

Your Duties as an American Citizen

Duties

  • Following the law
  • Paying your taxes
  • Depending on your gender, you have to register yourself into the military
  • You have to attend school until a certain age

Your Rights as an American Citizen

Rights

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of press
  • Due process of law
  • Equal representation
  • Freedom of religion

Your Responsibilities as an American Citizen

Responsibilities

  • Going to school after the required age
  • Voting
  • Help others less fortunate than you