CloseUP: Former Bhutanese refugee becomes U.S. Citizen on July 4

CloseUP: Former Bhutanese refugee becomes U.S. Citizen on July 4


ADAM: WELCOME BACK TO “CLOSE
UP.”
THIS PAST WEEK, ON THE DAY THE
U.S. CELEBRATED ITS BIRTHDAY,
IMMIGRANTS FROM ALL OVER THE
WORLD CELEBRATED THEIR FIRST DAY AS AMERICANS, TAKING THE OATH TO
BECOME U.S. CITIZENS. WHILE THERE CONTINUES TO BE
HEATED DEBATE OVER IMMIGRATION,
THOSE WHO NOW CALL AMERICA THEIR
TRUE HOME WANT PEOPLE TO
REMEMBER HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO
SO MANY WHO COME HERE AND HOW TOUGH THEIR ROAD WAS. TILAK NIROULA IS ONE OF THE
NEWEST AMERICAN CITIZENS. HE JOINS US TODAY. YOU ARE A REFUGEE FROM BHUTAN. SHARE YOUR STORY. IT STARTED AT A YOUNG AGE.>>I WAS BORN IN BHUTAN, THE
COUNTRY BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. IT IS LANDLOCKED. EVERYTHING WENT WELL. IN EARLY 1990, THE SITUATION
BEGAN TO CHANGE BECAUSE THE
GOVERNMENT IN BHUTAN WAS WORRIED
ABOUT THE POPULATION. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE 10 ENACTED
A POLICY CALLED ONE NATION, ONE
PEOPLE, MEANING EVERYONE SHOULD
SPEAK ONE LANGUAGE, ONE RACE. THAT WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE. WE SPEAK A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE. WE WORSHIP DIFFERENT RELIGIONS. THE GOVERNMENT STARTED TORTURING
PEOPLE WHO FAILED TO LEAVE THE
COUNTRY. MANY PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED. MANY WERE KILLED. TO SAVE LIVES, MY FAMILY DECIDED
TO LEAVE TIME — BHUTAN. I WAS JUST TWO YEARS OLD. MUCH OF THE POPULATION WAS
FORCED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY. WE CAME TO NEPAL, THE OTHER
COUNTRY BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA. WE STARTED LIVING BY THE SIDE OF
THE RIVER. 100,000 POPULATION IN AN OPEN
THE SIDE OF THE RIVER. LIFE WAS SO TERRIBLE. WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DRINK THE
WATER FROM THE RIVER, THE SAME
WATER USED FOR COOKING AND
SHOWERING. MANY PEOPLE DIED. LUCKILY, I WAS SAVED. ADAM: HE SPENT 20 YEARS THERE. YOU MADE IT TO AMERICA IN 2013. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO
ACHIEVE CITIZENSHIP?>>I BELIEVE AMERICA IS
[INDISCERNIBLE]
SECOND THING, THIS COUNTRY IS
THE LAND FOR IMMIGRANTS. ALL PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY IN
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER ARE
IMMIGRANTS. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE STATE OF
NEW HAMPSHIRE. IN NEW HAMPSHIRE YOU HAVE PEOPLE
FROM 49 NATIONS TO MAKE THIS
HOME. I WAS REFERRING TO THE DATA THIS
MORNING. 93,691 PEOPLE AS A 2016 — AS A
2016 HAVE AT LEAST ONE IMMIGRANT
PARENT. IF YOU SEE THE DATA OF
BUSINESSES, MORE THAN 4590
PEOPLE HAVE BUSINESSES HERE. THIS IS INCREDIBLE. ADAM: WE KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE
OPENING SOME BUSINESSES. WE WELCOME YOU AS A NEW CITIZEN
AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS
SUNDAY. THANKS FOR WATCHING. THAT DOES IT FOR “CLOSE UP.”
HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY.

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3 Comments

  1. More than 50% of pure Indian and Nepalese from India and Nepal deceitfully left for third country resettlement through IOM. Many of them had already obtained Indian and Nepali citizenship, voter ID cards, adhar cards and ration cards of both the countries like Nepal and India. Some of them took away their important document like Nepali and Indian Citizenship Identity Cards and vote cards concealing inside their shoes and under wear along with them. Some left back with their relatives in Nepal and India. Many of them have owned landed and immovable properties registered in their names in Nepal and India. Some of them are sending money to construct buildings in Nepal and India in their names as they have citizenship of both the countries. Some of them managed to obtain document for third country resettlement after bribing some corrupt officials from Joint verification team in Nepal. They are wolf in sheep’s clothing. Some of them worked in Indian Army for many years and got retirement and getting pension.they are cheaters. To know their identity just get their fingers print and match with the documents that they had processed for obtaining Indian and Nepali citizenship identity cards in Nepal and India. Some of them adopted small children from Nepal and took them .They have left their finger prints there. Just dig out you will find astonishing facts.

  2. Is that true..??
    My parents also speaks only Nepali languages and we are still pure Bhutanese.. Leaving the country (bhutan) was just your choice..

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