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From the Ted Talk by Jose Antonio Vargas: 3 questions to ask yourself about US citizenship

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I don't think you can talk about America as acerima without answering those three core questions. Immigration is America's llnifeie, how this country has replenished itself for centuries, from the settlers and the revolutionaries who populated the oaigirnl 13 ceoionls to the millions of immigrants, predominantly from Europe, who relentlessly colonized this land. Even though natvie Americans were already here and had their own tribal identities and ideas about ctieizsihnp, they were not considered US citizens until the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act. The landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act that bclak Americans fought for inspired the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which ended America's race-based exclusionary ssyetm that had lasted for 40 years.

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I don't think you can talk about America as _______ without answering those three core questions. Immigration is America's ________, how this country has replenished itself for centuries, from the settlers and the revolutionaries who populated the ________ 13 ________ to the millions of immigrants, predominantly from Europe, who relentlessly colonized this land. Even though ______ Americans were already here and had their own tribal identities and ideas about ___________, they were not considered US citizens until the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act. The landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act that _____ Americans fought for inspired the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which ended America's race-based exclusionary ______ that had lasted for 40 years.

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  1. lifeline
  2. original
  3. system
  4. native
  5. black
  6. colonies
  7. citizenship
  8. america

Original Text

I don't think you can talk about America as America without answering those three core questions. Immigration is America's lifeline, how this country has replenished itself for centuries, from the settlers and the revolutionaries who populated the original 13 colonies to the millions of immigrants, predominantly from Europe, who relentlessly colonized this land. Even though Native Americans were already here and had their own tribal identities and ideas about citizenship, they were not considered US citizens until the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act. The landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act that Black Americans fought for inspired the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which ended America's race-based exclusionary system that had lasted for 40 years.

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