I’ve written before about how several members of my family have been naturalized. My mother studied English and U.S. history simultaneously to earn her citizenship. My cousin got shot at in Iraq and Afghanistan to earn his.
I was born in America, so I’ve never had to endure the financial cost, mental energy, and psychological stress necessary to earn U.S. citizenship. I’ve wondered, however, if every American should have to experience what naturalized citizens go through to gain their place in this nation.
This grueling journey is chronicled in The Naturalized, a documentary by Aaron Lubarsky.