- Posted January 29, 2013 by
Chevy Chase, Maryland
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Naturalized citizens: Your thoughts on immigration reform
Path to Citizenship
I came over when I was 5 years old in 1967, unable to speak English and excited as any child would be to explore a new land. I am who I am today due to my father's ability to risk everything as other immigrants have done to start a new life so I do understand the reason many illegal immigrants have come here.
However, I believe as immigrants, we are under the obligation to assimilate in order to better ourselves and to contribute as citizens. I think English is mandatory , so as part of the pathway to citizenship, every immigrant should show some minimal level of proficiency.
I hope we can find a way to give a path to the 11 million illegal immigrants, but we should not take this lightly. They must earn the right to become a US citizen. It is a great honor which should be respected. It took me 16 years to become one and I will always remember taking the oath alongside my hero, my father.