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Becoming a U.S. citizen [Q&A]
July 6, 2012 by The IRC
|Refugee students review a lesson in American civics with an IRC volunteer in Abilene, Texas. Along with civics, the refugees are studying English as a second language as part of a U.S. government-supported citizenship education program. Photo: Rachel Wages/IRC|
Germaine, a refugee from war-torn Republic of Congo, and her family were resettled by the International Rescue Committee in Abilene, Texas, in February 2007. She became a permanent resident in 2011 and, with the goal of becoming a citizen of the United States, has enrolled in an IRC citizenship education program, studying English as a second language and American civics. She is now in at intermediate level of both courses and participating in conversation classes. Rachel Wages, IRC civics instructor in Abilene, sat down with Germaine to talk to her about her experience taking IRC classes and her goal of citizenship.
Germaine: Yes, they show support by giving me encouragement. They keep pushing me to go on, even though it is hard to learn a second language.
The citizenship education program is funded by a grant from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).