“Do you have to submit headshots or do an audition reel?”
Buzzfeed’s "Try Guys" are known for trying a range of fads and “unusual” activities, including sleeping in a haunted bedroom, trying not to die at sea, getting prostate exams and testing their sperm count. Yup, all that for our own viewer enjoyment.
Although hilarious and full of don’t-try-this-at-home moments, though, this daring crew still manages to provide some very informative and insightful information. With immigration currently being a hot topic, they took a stab at what it would be like to embark on the journey that is immigrating to America.
The Try Guys spoke with Hiroshi Motomura, law professor at UCLA, who says that the time it takes to complete the process depends on the person. Country of birth and education levels are two important factors. Passing the required US History and Civics test is something that even American citizens struggle doing, Motomura says. Nonetheless, the Try Guys decided to live up to their name and put their knowledge to the test! Questions like “Who is the governor of your state?” and, “what are the first 10 amendments called?“ were asked, and while they struggled, all passed.
The video delved into the differences between being a legal immigrant, having a green card, and a visa. First-generation American Maral Milani and Mexican visa-recipient Andrea Sosa shared their own experiences with immigration, and the group collectively decided whether or not it would be difficult to get into the country based on hypothetical scenarios.
The reality is that becoming a citizen could cost up to thousands of dollars, and people wait up to 15-20 years. In addition, there are roadblocks such as the Travel Ban that have made the process increasingly difficult. In the end, the path to citizenship favors privileged and educated people. No matter how hard they work, there are millions of people in the United States who have no path to citizenship. This video did a great job at putting into perspective how diverse citizenship and immigration is and how much the narrative fluctuates from person to person.
Watch the full video below: