More than two dozen of Boise's newer residents have an extra reason to celebrate this Independence Day—they're also 25 of the nation's newest citizens.
Many are out of Africa: Congo, Berhundi, Somalia, Sudan, Central African Republic. Others are from Afghanistan, Iraq or Burma. But all of them call America home following their June 23 naturalization ceremony.
But their road to citizenship was long and hard, beginning with resettlement into the Treasure Valley by the U.S. State Department. Most came from war-torn regions. After learning a new language and culture, they were also asked to learn about their new country. In fact, each of the 25 passed the U.S. naturalization exam—a list of questions concerning American government, history and geography.
When Boise Weekly asked some natural-born citizens if they could pass the test, many of them struggled.
In this week's BW, we examine what it takes to become an American on the most American of holidays.