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– When do we vote for the president? – Every four years. – What date? – September or October? – November. – Okay.
– Okay. – I knew it was close. – Imma say that you’re a U.S. Citizen. – My name is Ian Perganen, and
I am an immigration lawyer. – A little bit, I feel like
as an immigration lawyer I should have a good
feel of who’s a citizen, and who’s not, since I
deal with it all the time. – So I think I’m gonna
go with asking questions that I think a U.S. citizen
or an American should know. Maybe some questions that
you know, if you’ve been through the process you’d
probably be aware about. – Hi I’m Ian
– Nice to meet you – What’s your name?
– Mary. – Do you speak any other languages? – I speak French and I speak Amharic. – [Ian] What country
is that language from? – Which one?
– [Ian] The second one. – Amharic?
– [Ian] Yeah. – It’s from Ethiopia. – Ethiopia, why don’t we try a question that’s from the Civics test? If the President of the United States and the Vice President can no longer serve who becomes president? – The Congress Leader. – I’m gonna say you’re a U.S. Citizen. – Why? – I’m gonna guess maybe
you were born in Ethiopia. Came as refugees, you
probably got your green card and then your parents naturalized and you became a citizen through them. If you’re still a citizen of Ethiopia they have no government right now. So you can’t even get
an Ethiopian passport. – So that’s why I’m gonna
– Interesting. guess that you are a U.S. citizen. Hi I’m Ian
– Hi there Caelum
– Caelum, nice to meet you. – How you doing?
– Good, good, I hear a little bit of an accent. – Oh really? (all laughing) – But hey, hey, you know
people could have accents and still be American citizens. When somebody becomes a U.S. citizen, they naturalize.
– Yeah. – There’s a oath of allegiance
that they have to take. – Yes. – So imma ask you a question real quick. – Okay. – If the law requires it
would you be willing to bear arms on behalf of the United States? – Definitely not. (all laughing)
– Definitely not, okay. Imma say he’s not a citizen. Cool, hey thanks a lot man.
– Okay. (both laughing) – So what do you do Kendra? are you working, are you in school? – Yeah I’m a educational,
bilingual educational assistant at a non-profit. – Growing up was Spanish the
first language that you spoke? – Yes.
– Who’s here from your family? – My mom, my dad, my sister,
some aunts and uncles. – What is the supreme rule of the land? – Constitution. – Constitute- Imma say
she’s a U.S. citizen. That question, if maybe
you’ve taken the test, the civics test, that’s one
of the questions on there. – Okay.
– So, that’s what imma guess. What do you do for work? – I am an Engineer. – Have you ever been convicted of a crime? – No. – Never in your life? – No, not the kind of work I
do, I can not be convicted. – Okay, how many amendments
of the constitution are there? – I think there’s ten,
I think, I’m not sure. – So actually its 27. – Oh, okay. – Yeah (laughing) You’re not a citizen, you
were probably born in Cambodia or you came to the U.S.
when you were really young, but you got your green card, probably eligible for citizenship but you just never applied. ‘Cuz I think you haven’t
taken the test yet. – Oh.
– That’s gonna be my guess. Hi Ian. – Jocelene. – Are you in school, do you work? – Well I just moved here from Florida. – From Florida, okay.
– Yes. (Speaking in foreign language) (Speaking in foreign language) – Let me ask you maybe
something from the civics test. Who is the current supreme
court chief justice. – Does anybody know? – (laughs) I wanna say you’re a citizen. Don’t be embarrassed because
(Jocelene laughing nervously) you know you’ll be surprised a lot of natural born citizens really
don’t know the answer. – Yeah. – Hi.
– Hi I’m Ian. – Nice to meet you, my names Maria. – So what do you do for work? – I’m a student and I’m
also a sales associate. – Is your family here? – Yeah, like immediate family
– Okay. – Like mom, dad, sister. – How bout your extended family? Your other relatives where are they? – Mexico and Guatemala. – Have you ever been to Guatemala? – No.
– You haven’t. – I really wanna go.
– Okay. – So what do you think? – I’m gonna go with, I’m gonna go with you’re not a citizen. But I’m gonna guess you have DACA and you’re going to school. You were probably born in Mexico, but you came here when you were a baby. – Like what gives off the DACA vibe in me? Just like I’m a student?
– Um, yeah, yeah, yeah. – That’s basically it?
– Yeah pretty much. You probably are here to
throw me off in space. (all laughing) So that’s why I’m just
gonna guess at that. Do you speak any other languages? – I speak in Thai. – Thai, as in from Thailand, right? – Yes. – Do you know who the governor
of Washington is right now? – I don’t. – Do you know who your congressman is? – No.
– No, okay, okay. Imma guess that you’re not a citizen. Imma guess that you’re here on a visa and I don’t think you’ve taken
the citizenship test yet. That’s just my guess. What do you do, are you uh school, work? – I work at a manufacturing plant. – Do you like to travel at all? – I mean I do, I haven’t really got to. – Okay, okay.
– Just not too wealthy but – If you could travel, where
would you like to go to? – Ireland. – [Ian] Do you have family
here in the states then? – Yeah. – [Ian] Is every, all of
your family members here? – Dad, mom. – So would you mind if I asked you like a history question or uh – Yeah you can.
– Okay, okay. Or a civics question? How long is a term for U.S. senator? – Eight years I think? – How bout for U.S. congressman? – I wanna say that one
might be eight years. – That’s two.
– Really? – Yeah, when do we vote for the President? – Every four years (laughs). – What date? – September, October? – November.
– Okay. – Okay, okay, (laughs)
– I knew I was close. – Imma say that you’re a U.S. Citizen. Oh wow. Wow, wow, (all laughing)
wow, That’s pretty amazing. I got most of you guys wrong. – [Mary] Me. – I’m sorry. – [Mary] It’s okay. – And what was your name again? – You got me wrong, I’m not a citizen. – You’re not a citizen, so you
were born in Ethiopia right? – I was born in Ethiopia,
I’m not a refugee. I came with the diversity Visa. – [Ian] The DV Lotto. – I’ve been here for ten
years, but I’m not a citizen. – Totally forgot about
the diversity lottery. – Yeah. – I’m sorry (both laughing) Hi again
– Hey (laughing) – Hi again
– Hi – So you are a citizen – I am
– I got that wrong – Yeah I was born in the U.K.
– In the U.K. – to a American mother. English father.
– Got it. – You have dual citizenship.
– Yes. – Nice.
– I do. – So then how long ago did
you come to the states then? – Two, just over two years ago now. – Good to see ya man.
– Thanks. – Oh man, did I get you right? – Yeah.
– [Ian] I said you were a citizen, right?
– Yeah, U.S. citizen. – Okay, whew, now were
you born here though? – Yes. – Now are you the only
citizen in your family? – Yup.
– Wow. But you’re family is originally from – From Mexico and Guatemala
– From Mexico and Guatemala that’s right
– And that’s my sister – That is your sister okay.
– Yeah Maria is my sister. – [Ian] Wow I did not even
put the two of you together – Yeah
– Don’t worry about it – Well I guess since
you have a sister then who isn’t a citizen then given
the current climate and stuff how does that make you feel about the future for you and your family? – Scared you know, ‘cuz I
don’t know what’s gonna happen but the same time it
makes you wanna fight more be resistant.
– Sure. Alright. – Yup, you got it wrong
– And I got it wrong. You are a citizen. – Yes I am, came here
when I was 11 years old – [Ian] Right
– and my mom – [Ian] Became a citizen?
– became a citizen. She took all the tests in
able to gain green card and all that
– [Ian] And you derived the right from her. – ‘cuz I was under age at the time. – [Ian] You were under age. Got it so you didn’t even
have to take the test. Did you guys come as refugees though? – [Cambodian Man] Yes we came as refugees. – And what was your family fleeing from and why did they leave Cambodia? – I was born in the war
called the Khmer Rouge, I escaped from Cambodia – Yeah – We ran and escaped to Thailand during that time my father
was murdered in Khmer Rouge. – [Ian] Oh gosh, so sorry.
– Yeah its a typical Cambodian story, where
half the population died of starvation, or death, or murder and it took us about three years before we go accepted by the U.S. moved, transferred to Seattle. – So Seattle was the first destination. – Very first one, yes. – Very cool. Okay, so did I get, I got you wrong? – No you got me wrong. – I got you wrong, what is you status? – Imma DACA recipient. – You are DACA, basically was a program that was originally started by, under the Obama administration. – Yes. – It stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
– Childhood Arrivals. – Its not technically legal status, its just a decision by
the government to not – Yeah.
– deport you, right? So its always something that
can be taken away as well. Can’t travel on it either. And the program could
be stopped at anytime. In fact, the Trump
administration has already – tried to stop it.
– Yeah. – Awesome well, I completely (laughs) muffed that one up so thank
you for enlightening me. Sister! – Yeah. – Thank you, so I got you right. – Yeah, spot on I came here when I was three.
– Spot on. How long have you had DACA. – Just like three or two years. – Can I ask how old were
you when first came here? – I was three years old,
she’s actually older than me, – [Ian] Got it.
– She was born here and then when I was in my moms belly I had to go back to Mexico
‘cuz my grandma was sick. – [Ian] I see. – So it was just misfortunate
events that happened. – Yeah so basically the
two of you are separated in terms of legal status, miles apart. And its simply because
of a decision of where to have you born
– I was born yeah. – Hello. – Oh no I got you wrong. – Yes.
– I got you so wrong. – I got my green card
first, followed by my mom. – Okay. – And then I become citizen
after that five years. – So you actually did take the test. – I did. (laughing) – Wait so did any of the
questions that I asked you that wasn’t on the test?
– Well I guess its time to update it. (all laughing) – I got you right, right? – Yeah.
– Okay. – I’m not a very exciting person so – No, no, no, you know you’re
born here in the United States do you see the U.S. as
a nation of immigrants. – Oh yeah, if you go back to your roots you know you’re an immigrant
too so you can’t really judge other immigrants on how they
got here or why they’re here. – Awesome, thank you, thank you so much. – Thank you. – Well I think citizenship is a privilege. You can vote, you can
petition family members, obviously you can’t be deported. Know you have an
allegiance to this country, to just support the constitution
and what it stands for. And its just to have
a civic responsibility to this country. – [Director] All right thanks guys. (all clapping) – Thank you guys. – [Director] You guys can
go walk off and sit down, sorry you guys have been
standing for a long time.

100 thoughts on “An Immigration Lawyer Guesses Who’s a U.S. Citizen | Lineup | Cut

  • Mely Z Post author

    DACA recipient and trying to become a legal resident here, i haven't been to the country i was born in in 20 years (came here since i was 2) it really is sad, I have no connection at all to my native country, and the proccess to become legalized takes years. I can't commit any crimes, i can't leave the country, i don't get any financial assistance(Under Daca rules). So we aren't freeloaders. Most Daca recipients feel like they are Americans because we've been here for years. But we are forced into this awkward lingo state, and forced to pay for the daca license and the legal processes. The process the become legal citizens should be easier for Daca recipients since they are usually students and that's what america needs! Hard working individuals. I feel like we are just being abused for money.

  • Mude JoJo Post author

    I don't understand that everyone says how polite this guy was. I mean, he was, but there was one thing that really pissed me off a bit. He was sure that the second guy wasn't a US citizen, right after the question if he'd bear arms if needed. As if this was a criteria to find that out..

  • Brasi Uchiha Post author

    jocelyn fine af

  • Caroline Almasri Post author

    He’s asking these questions expecting the citizens to know the answers when they don’t teach this stuff in school (or at least barely) unless you choose to as an elective. I know more about the U.S. government than half of my fully American friends that have lived in America their entire lives and I’ve only been here 6 years.

  • The 1992 Dream Team Post author

    “Ethiopia doesn’t have a government rn” too was sippin on da henny before they started filming

  • Solomon Ayalew Post author

    I'm sorry but Ethiopia has a Govt and you can have a passport SMH this is the state of immigration in this country. Such a joke

  • Yaoi LovER Post author

    In all fairness most born and bred americans I have come across could answer like maybe one of these fucking questions and it makes me do you not know history at least of your own damned land? READ BOOKS PEOPLE! lol
    I feel an immigrant who came here through the process and yaddayadda would know more than the average citizen

  • tenebrarius the philosophic Post author

    jocelyn aint gon have trouble finding her citizenship. >;)

  • Kit Post author

    9:25 what the fuck was that?

  • That Boy Post author

    damn florida!!!

  • Julie Henry Post author

    Kallan had a huge ass hickey XD

  • Jayzhol Post author

    y'all got jocelyn's ig tho? 👀

  • Jovani Perez Post author

    This video just made me real sad, he seems very polite and kind hearted but he just kinda make certain people feel bad.
    Goodluck to all daca kids man dead ass :/

  • Victor Garcia Post author

    Him running and explaining DACA… I was like bitch can you not bring up our traumas. Like I came here for a good time and now I'm feeling attacked

  • Jonathan Barker Post author

    I loved how respectful this man was while having to guess what could be a sensitive subject. And I especially loved what he said at the end. Citizenship is a privilege. It comes with Civic Duties, but also huge perks. It isnt' something to take for granted, and it's something to be earned. There are millions of people trying to get it, who we should be making a better path for. And the hard fact is that there are others who flat out don't care. They don't believe in the Constitution or what it stands for. And they don't deserve the Citizenship that others are willing to give literally everything for. I'm saying this as a Mexican American who was born here, and my wife is a legal immigrant from Vietnam who spent years in a refugee camp as a child before she could come here.

  • BurnNotice88 Post author

    01:25 Legal Racial Profiling is like bite marks to forensic evidence. It's can be WILDLY inaccurate.
    Prove it? OK
    A LEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWYER Said Ethiopia doesn't have a Government. WTF…
    08:41 #When-you-realize-we-were-about-to-deport-the-hot-girl-in-Florida

  • Nelly Siekmann Post author

    the hickey 😂

  • Jarrett Perry Post author

    The dude that’s a citizen and wouldn’t bare arms for the US is a fucking pussy.

  • paul biontino Post author

    Don't feel hate, stay peace without weapon will it be ease, Diversity is good!!! Are you still sure about american peace, look their acting!!!

  • Tyler Durden Post author

    Wow, Jocelyn's (sp?) accent in her first language is absolutely gorgeous.

  • amethyst dawn Post author

    The girl in the striped dress looks like Cardi b

  • Mike Mills Lynn Mass Post author

    Michael Mills from Lynn Mass needs legal counsel who specializes in civil liberty atrocities and multimillion dollar litigation

  • ASAMF0X Post author

    mah boi Caelum be gettin it with that hicky tho

  • Remy the ARMY Post author

    "A lot of natural born citizens don't know the answers." Then why the heck are they supposed to know the answer even if we don't?

  • MissMira1122 Post author

    Those two sisters' story has me in tears.

  • Theo Elias Post author

    The strategy should be people who don't know the answers to the questions. US citizens. People who do. Legal Immigrants.

  • Mental Scots Post author

    Im not evening a US citizen and know all the answers except the chief justice

  • TheOutlawKing Post author

    Jocelyn is fine af

  • sanaa hanaa Post author

    How did that British guy get US citizenship after 2 years?? Just because his moms American ? My husband was born in America and I'm British, I recently just got my green card so will it take me 2 or 5 years to get Citizenship??

  • Abe Scully Post author

    I'm Ethiopian myself. Every Ethiopian recognizes another Ethiopian.

  • MinDetonator96 Post author

    Why is there always one girl in a ho dress and heels

  • Jeront Villagomez Post author

    I’m guessing the lawyer is from the Philippines

  • heheheh Fun Post author

    that thai is a ladyboy for sure!

  • Peter James Post author


  • Random Comment Post author

    10 bucks that's a ladyboy

  • Yann M Post author

    0:53 How does she speak French?

  • lina buyukasik Post author

    it annoys me how he gives an explenation for everything. no one cares about your job lol

  • ok wasted Post author

    What is daka

  • Christopher Columbus Post author

    I what to know who that woman inn the strip dress. I will marry her

  • MDO Post author

    Such a positive and nice bunch of people, well done 🙂

  • Austin Lauver Post author

    I wouldn’t know many of these questions and I’m a citizen.

  • Oscar Avalos Post author

    Jocelyn is fine as wine.

  • Brianna Adams Post author

    To be fair. I’m a born and raised American and I didn’t know half the shit he asked.

  • samantha elmajdoub Post author

    For me becoming( or natural born)American citizen is a privilege so I think that the guy who said he won't bear arm for the United States is taking it for granted and he doesn't deserve to have it .

  • George Symbol Post author

    Jocelyn is hot!

  • Josh 0G Post author

    The white ones are legal

  • dylan morrison Post author

    Woah they got Camila Cabello on here!

  • soliyana Tsehaye Post author

    Tf!?! Ethiopia does hv a government

  • crock and ball torture Post author

    I.C.E is taking their names and is on the way

  • Ariana Bezanilla Post author

    Who else heard him say “useless” instead of “U.S. Citizen” 😂

  • Cody Heiner Post author

    I don't know any of the answers to those questions he asks, haha.

  • Lizzie Kay Winchester Post author

    I’m not going to criticize the guy because he seems very polite but the whole test thing annoys me. Like, no normal US citizen would know the answer to half those questions. It’s an unfortunate fact but a true one

  • awesomeaf1 Post author

    3:09 anyone know where is her dress from 😫

  • Michael Dodd Post author

    United States is the best place in the world!

  • Ben G Post author

    I speak Thai. You speak Thai from Thailand? No form England.

  • Cliodhna Lyons Post author

    Not a US citizen and I knew the answers to all his questions

  • DaSpoody [i make underrated memes n stuff] Post author

    that guy is pretty much what i imagine all british people look/act like

  • Cristina Marie Post author

    Im sorry but if i was gonna give birth to my child knowing the circumstances of how all the immigration things are I wouldve stayed and given birth to her in the us and thats so fucked up because that means i wouldnt be with my mother on her last days. Like I understand that their mom decided to go back to mexico because their grandmother was sick, like thats your mom bro you want to be there in those moments but i could have never taken so many opportunities from my child because of it. Ugh thats so fucking unfair

  • Aliakzei Post author

    Im an American I know non of those questions!!! 😂😂😂😂

  • lI TECH Il Post author

    Joslyn is beautiful

  • Naol Post author

    1:24 When has Ethiopia never had a government?

  • jed bautista Post author


  • Bit Of Hayden Post author

    *Ice has entered the chat*

  • ssimply jax Post author

    I was born in the us and I don't even know the answer to half these questions

  • Maria Dv Post author

    The Brit-American would "definitely not" bear arms to protect the country that gives him a home despite the fact that he has citizenship. I wonder how many non-citizens would be willing to fight for the US if they had citizenship? I'm willing to bet they would honor and value their citizenship.

  • gustavo acosta Post author

    They couldn’t get any more liberal people🤣🤣

  • sophiebits Post author

    3:22 is clear she doesn't speak spanish

  • Britney Dominguez Post author

    Another trick ask their opinion on DACA.

  • L B Post author

    Callen with the giant hickey FTW

  • Yura Graterol Post author

    Why does this bother me?

  • stef Post author

    This video is hard. There's ton of different circumstances.

  • Epic Future Post author

    I feel like this guy judges them not by the way they apply themselves but by the color of their skin

  • Kenneth Skogstad Post author

    "My name is Ian Perganant"?

  • Trinity Renée Roberts Post author

    5th girl is gorgeous afffff

  • Karina Stock Post author

    Mansplaning DOCA to a female.

  • Alayzia Gena Post author

    I came straight to the comment section as soon as I saw that hickey 😭😂

  • goddesslanna Post author

    Josline is finneeee 😍😍

  • theuglykwan Post author

    I love that he is like a fortune teller as he can give background as well.

    I like how the ones that don't know certain civics questions or only have a rough idea are the US citizens. The most informed ones about certain questions are not and the super ignorant are also not.

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  • Reaction Studios Post author

    its all a plot twist he's just racist

  • Alvin Del Rey Post author

    That Hickey tho 😷 Interesting video tho

  • robyn roots Post author

    The Ethiopia women is so beautiful and sweet

  • AConsoleWidowmaker Post author

    Donald Trump has entered the chat

  • Ilaria Franchi Post author

    "I speak French and Amharic"
    "What country is that language from?"
    "Which one?"
    Probably not the one that is widely spoken all around the world and that has a clear association to a country in its name…

  • Nixie Bo Post author

    I get a feeling that the lawyer is Filipino is it just me? Lol

  • Olivia Dominique Post author

    I didn’t even know some of these answers and I’m American 😂

  • EnderPlays Post author

    The girl in the striped dress looks like Liza Koshy.

  • Nevaeh Steele Post author

    “I WaS cUrLiNg My hAiR aNd BuRnEd MySeLf”

  • Johnny, The Soap God Post author

    The british dude has one hell of a hickey

  • Kay Ldn Post author

    this was a set up

  • fred palmer Post author

    @ 6:10 if shwe wants to be a citizen, she can marry me .

  • cleopatra Post author

    Let’s be honest most U.S. citizens don’t know shit about the U.S. 😂

  • Cesar Kachal Post author

    Fuck you white boy

  • Jeffry Syam Post author

    Ethiopia has no government? You mistook them with Somalia bro!

  • nathan gilbert Post author

    A senator is a congressman, kinda scary he doesn’t know that lol.

  • Shalimar McGinnis Post author

    Thai ! My people!

  • Jose Uribe Post author

    5:40 I’m gonna say you’re useless 😂

  • Cee Post author

    What a likeable guy

  • Joseph Garmon Post author

    So, the English guy is a US citizen, but wouldn't fight for the US.

  • Amjad Abboud Post author

    Does anyone knows the instagram or any other account of the lawyer ?

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