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18,000 new citizens swear to support and defend the Constitution

May 23, 2008 |  4:29 pm

My_fellow_americans Eighteen thousand took the citizenship oath yesterday in Los Angeles -- that's a record. Among our newest fellow Americans: radio host Eduardo "Piolin" Sotelo, doing exactly what he had long told the listeners of his talk radio show to do, says the O.C. Reg:

Sotelo, who spent his teen years in Santa Ana after crossing the border from Mexico, was sworn in with about 6,000 other immigrants at the Los Angeles Convention Center –- many who hugged him, asked for his autograph and snapped his photo with their cell phones after the ceremony.


The Associated Press explains the multiple ceremonies:

The need for three separate ceremonies at the Los Angeles Convention Center — a local record for the number of people sworn in in one day — reflected a 350% increase in citizenship applications last summer before immigration fees jumped from $400 to $675 on Aug. 1.

On top of that, Spanish-language media, including Univision and Telemundo, launched massive campaigns to get more immigrants to become citizens and vote.

Citizenship requirements here. Here's a sample of what you need to know for the civics test.

In fact, here are some a questions:

1. What is the supreme law of the land?

2. What is the name of the speaker of the House of Representatives now?

3. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?

Answers after the jump.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photos: Associated Press


1. the Constitution

2. Nancy Pelosi

3. the Senate and House of Representatives