Citizenship is an especially vital attribute in a gateway state such as New York State, which for nearly two centuries has attracted generations of immigrants seeking to become citizens. In the decade following the collapse of the Soviet Union, for example, the number of foreign-born residents in New York City increased dramatically from 28 percent to 40 percent. Students should be able to distinguish the ways in which someone can become a legal resident of the United States and a citizen of the United States. Students should also be able to compare the major similarities and differences in citizenship requirements between the United States and selected countries (e.g., countries that are major sources of immigration to your region).
Discussion Question #3 - How does someone become a citizen of the United States?