Happy 4th of July! What’s it Like to Become a U.S. Citizen on Independence Day

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Getting a job in the U.S. is often harder than getting into college. But, it’s even more impossible when you’re trying to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. This 4th of July, AfterCollege is celebrating the basic rights we often take for granted. AfterCollege’s Javier Suazo became a U.S. citizen and was granted national marriage rights by the U.S. Supreme Court as a “proud gay man” all in one week–just in time for the 4th of July. Obtaining citizenship is expensive. The typical immigration lawyer costs between 5,000 and 7,000. Some cases can cost up to 15,000. Many U.S. workers with green cards want voting rights and opportunities, but are hesitant to embark on the long and costly process of citizenship applications. Javier talks about his inspirational journey to U.S. citizenship and basic rights in the video below. Fast forward to 4:09 and 7:30 to hear Javier’s heartwarming perspective on being a gay man trying to become a citizen in the U.S. In one single week, he is acknowledged by the U.S. government as both a citizen, and a citizen nationally granted the right to marry.

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