Immigrant Songs



Are you a naturalized citizen?

For a variety of reasons, some natural born American citizens don’t seem to appreciate the gifts the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights confer upon them simply by virtue of birth.  They have never known anything else, and therefore, have no way to compare with alternative ways of living.

Naturalized citizens, as Dinesh D’Souza says, “vote with their feet.”  They may have experienced poverty, persecution, possibly war, or sought a better life by way of education, a fair justice system, or greater opportunity.  Naturalized citizens have suffered, leaving family, friends, language, customs, and country behind — all they’ve ever known; and for many of them, their Naturalization Ceremony is one of the proudest moments of their lives. sw-naturalization-ceremony

What is it about America that draws them here, and what can natural born Americans learn from their trials and dreams?

Would you share your story, for a collection exploring the lives of those who chose to make the U.S. their home and adopted country, and why?  Your joys and pains, triumphs and obstacles, will help show what makes America so special and unique in the world, that you would uproot yourself and/or your families to forge a new life here.

Whether through writing, phone,  or personal interview, I would consider it a privilege to meet with you.  The exchange will be recorded for reference and clarification purposes.  I will attempt to make  a translator available if you are uncomfortable with writing or speaking the English language.  Your experiences are important to me and I will do my very best to treat them with the honor they deserve in my writings.

Please contact me at: or visit  and we’ll arrange for a preliminary phone interview to begin the process.

Thank you,

Julie Custer


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