Each 4th of July, Independence Day for Americans, the United States welcomes thousands of new citizens. This year U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Lori Scialabba and other officials will help USCIS celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday by welcoming more than 9,000 new citizens during more than 100 naturalization ceremonies across the country and overseas from June 30 to July 4. There are over 7 million permanent residents eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Are you ready to become a new American?
The founding fathers of the United States wrote and approved a Declaration of Independence whose central proposition was that “all men are created equal.” They set up a government that did what no democracy had ever done before: It combined majority rule with effective protection for minority rights. It enabled a larger number of men and women to live in prosperity and liberty than any other nation has ever done.
One of the quintessential benefits of being American is the right to vote for democratically elected leaders. Key congressional elections, not to mention the 2016 presidential election, are coming soon. U.S. citizens steer our country with the power of the vote on issues like:
- Economy – What policies do you believe with help our economy grow so that you and your children can prosper?
- Foreign policy – How do you think the U.S. should engage the rest of world on matters of foreign policy?
- Healthcare – Has the U.S. healthcare system benefited from Obamacare and how can we improve?
- Immigration – The nation is heavily engaged in an immigration debate that affects millions, maybe even some in your family.
What’s more, there are numerous local issues that affect you and your family. As a U.S. citizen, you have the power to elect the officials that will create policy that meet your beliefs.
Did you know the average naturalized U.S. citizens earns are greater salary too? In fact citizens earn 8 to 11 percent over non-citizens. There lies an enormous opportunity for the U.S. economy – potential growth of $20 to $40 billion if all eligible permanent residents became citizens.
Are you ready to become a new American next July 4th? Here are a list of resources to help: