…ty official — the same man who presided over my ceremony — congratulating me on becoming a citizen. He also took pains to castigate those who “take shortcuts,” as if that was a decision born out of laziness and duplicity rather than circumstance and necessity. I wanted to set the letter on fire. I know citizenship isn’t meaningless. I know it’s not just an e…
This is strange, a U.S. (or any) government clerk should not use official correspondence to disseminate personal views or propaganda.
What state was this, if I may ask?
I have a similar story, Sophie, came to the U.S. from Europe at a young age, not to immigrate but on account of my father’s work assignment. 14 years later I was sworn in as a citizen, after attending college and settling here.
I am white, express myself in English better than most native speakers, I am privileged, as you say. But even I was harassed by bigoted customs officials and ultrapatriots back when I was just a green card holder. So I entirely understand your desire for security afforded by citizenship.
(Again, pay no mind to trolls like Κβ χ, Tony ن, they hide behind aliases and pass judgment)