Make Your Own Passport- Lauren Meyers

Attending the Make Your Own Passport event helped me to realize my privilege as a United States citizen. At my table, there was a woman named Mona who was born stateless and had no rights. She was part of the Bedoon tribe, and belonging to this tribe meant having no rights in her birthplace, Kuwait. It is sad that you can be born into a country and not have birthright citizenship. I learned that Kuwait has a very restrictive nationalization process. Citizenship is passed solely through the father, and those wanting to become a citizen must reside in the country for 20 years, speak Arabic, and be Muslim by birth. I am fortunate to have natural citizenship, and this event made me aware of the great struggle that some people go through to attain something that I was born with.

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