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Who decides when you're "American" enough?




An American flag is suspended in the air overlooking Los Angeles City Hall during the grand opening of Grand Park's Community Terrace and Flag Garden in Los Angeles Calif., Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
An American flag is suspended in the air overlooking Los Angeles City Hall during the grand opening of Grand Park's Community Terrace and Flag Garden in Los Angeles Calif., Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
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Being an American is an idea that most of us understand, but it's a little hard to explain: the American identity encompasses some very big ideas that brings in culture, politics, family, and more. 

Then when people become citizens, that history becomes a part of them, too.

We look at what that identity is -- and the moments when immigrants finally believe that they, too, are American  -- with Lisa Garcia Bedolla. She's a professor of education and political science at UC Berkeley, and author of, "Mobilizing Inclusion," and, "Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles."