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A Cleared Record Makes Way for New American

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A Cleared Record Makes Way for New American

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A Cleared Record Makes Way for New American

A Cleared Record Makes Way for New American

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New citizen Nic Marines, his wife and son at home in Tucson, Ariz. Ted Robbins/NPR hide caption

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New citizen Nic Marines, his wife and son at home in Tucson, Ariz.

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Nic Marines lives in Tucson, Ariz., but more than 20 years ago, he entered the country illegally, crossing the border between Mexico and the U.S.

After the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, he got amnesty and continued to work in the U.S. But his name got attached to a convicted drug dealer's fingerprint file and he was denied an extension on his work permit.

It took eight years to get his record cleared — and his citizenship finalized.

Test Your Citizenship Knowledge: Practice Questions

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A sampling of questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' new naturalization test:

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1. What type of economic system does the U.S. have?

2. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?

3. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

4. Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the military?

5. Name one thing only the federal government can do.

6. Who is the Senate Majority Leader now?

7. Name one responsibility that is only for United States citizens.

8. When was the Constitution drafted?

9. Who lived in America before the Europeans arrived?

10. Which U.S. World War II general later became President?

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All questions and answers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services