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All Americans Not Equal: Mistrust and Discrimination Against Naturalized Citizens in the U.S.
(2015)
  • Alev Dudek
Abstract
Approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population — nearly 40 million — is foreign-born, of which about 6 percent are naturalized U.S. citizens. Given the positive image associated with immigrants — the “nation of immigrants” or “the melting pot” — one would assume that all Americans in the U.S.A., natural born or naturalized, have equal worth as citizens. This, however, is not necessarily the case. Despite U.S. citizenship, naturalized Americans are seen less than equal to natural born Americans. They are often confused with “foreign nationals.” Moreover, their cultural belonging, allegiance, English-language skills, as well as other qualifications, are questioned.
Keywords
  • Citizenship,
  • Immigration,
  • Equality,
  • Naturalized Citizens,
  • Melting Pot,
  • Nation of Immigrants
Publication Date
Summer August 27, 2015
Citation Information
Alev Dudek. "All Americans Not Equal: Mistrust and Discrimination Against Naturalized Citizens in the U.S." (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alev_akbulut/11/