Becoming a U.S citizen with the freedom and opportunities that this country has to offer is the dream of many immigrants heading to this country. Whether you are a citizen who is native-born, foreign-born or naturalized, being a U.S citizen comes with great responsibilities and privileges.
Rights of a U.S citizen :
Only U.S citizens can vote in federal elections. Most states restrict voters to U.S citizens only. Also many elected offices require that you be a U.S citizen.
You can express your patriotism to this nation in many ways and free speech expressing commitment to the nation is one of them.
Some U.S citizens are obligated to serve jury duty, if selected and qualified.
Receiving a federal grant requires that you be a citizen of the U.S.
The United States being a free country respects the individual choices and rights of its citizens.
U.S citizens are free to worship and follow any religion of your choice.
Responsibilities of a U.S citizen :
Support and defend the Constitution.
Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
Participate in the democratic process.
Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
Participate in your local community.
Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
Defend the country if the need should arise.
As citizens of this nation, you have a responsibility of participating in the political process of the country by registering to vote in elections. You also have the responsibility of tolerating differences, in opinion, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, religion and live harmoniously. You must honour and respect the freedom and opportunities that come with U.S citizenship. Every citizen must do their part to ensure the things that you love about this country lives on!