By: Carly O'Keefe
Jacquelynn Gardener of Murphysboro married a citizen of the United Kingdom in March. She says they've had a very tough time figuring out how her husband Richard Gardener can become a citizen. "He was telling me how difficult it was to get in over there, and I said, oh it's nothing over here, people do it all the time," said Gardener.
Through the naturalization process, Gardener has been surprised at just how difficult it is to become a U.S. citizen. "I'm really shocked that there are so many people over here working because there was a stack of 500 pages and all sorts of different forms," said Gardener.
Many of those forms have errors. "He was going through some of the papers saying wait it says here you have to fill out this form and this form, but on the next page it says the opposite, and we're not dumb people," said Gardener.
But apparently who ever wrote the study guide for the U.S. citizenship test was not so smart. Spelling and grammatical errors litter the study guide, making it difficult to figure out what's what. "It says here how many ‘strips' are on the flag," said Gardener.