May 19th, 2011 by Eric J. Ramos
The Green Card Lottery Re-Do
States That Allow Acting on a Dream
Immigration Reform in President Obama’s Own Words
The Faces of US Immigrants: John Muir, Founder of the Sierra Club
Recipes from the Melting Pot: Dhal Rice, A Recipe from India
The True American DREAM: Act Now
The vote is one of the most precious rights afforded through U.S. Citizenship. It is what truly represents the American Dream. Imagine having a voice in what ideas are discussed or enacted; imagine being part of a democratic process that selects what direction the country should go. The beauty behind our elections is that a silent revolution or a modest evolution occurs every 4 years when we elect our President. This is all done in the quiet of the voting booth with the stroke of only a pen or pulling of a lever.
There is a 2012 Presidential election coming up which also includes the election of U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators. There are issues that may be important to you – from Immigration Reform to job creation to reducing our debt. But too often, the majority of Americans stay home and a minority basically elects our politicians who in turn make and enact legislation that has an affect on all of us. The American dram critic and editor, George Jean Nathan once said: “ Bad politicians are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” So, we basically get what we deserve if we do not exercise one of the most important rights given to U.S. Citizens – the right to vote.
So it is important that you make your voice count. If you are currently a Green Card holder who is eligible to file to become a U.S. Citizen, start the process now. The process takes 6 to 10 months. This would still give you enough time to be eligible to vote in most states. Fill out Form N-400, Application for Naturalization and get started. If you want Immigration Reform to become a reality, you need to vote. And you can only obtain the right to vote if you are a U.S. Citizen, otherwise your voice will fall on deaf ears.
As President Obama recently stated in a speech on Immigration Reform in El Paso, Texas: “Now we need to come together around reform that reflects our values as a nation of laws and nation of immigrants.” Let’s start by electing politicians that are pro-Immigration Reform.
Apply now for U.S. Citizenship so you can vote and let your voice be heard.