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What are my rights and responsibilities as a citizen?

As a newly naturalized citizen of the U.S. you’re probably excited about life in a new country. However, you should be aware that as a citizen you have certain responsibilities, as well as certain inalienable rights that all Americans have access to. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offer the following information so you can exemplify those qualities that make an upstanding citizen of this nation.

In terms of responsibilities, being an informed and active member of your community is a duty of all citizens. This entails getting involved on a local level when it comes to things like elections, which can have a great impact on your way of life. It’s also important that you are a law-abiding citizen, which entails respecting the rules and regulations of this country and participating in civic duties (such as paying taxes).

It's also important to respect the beliefs and opinions of your fellow citizens. While you may disagree with your statesmen (and women), this country is founded on the principle that all people are entitled to their thoughts and belief, provided they don’t lead to the harm of others. You should also take care to not impose upon the rights of others in any way, whether your imposition is legal or illegal.  

When it comes to rights, you are free to express opinions you hold dear. You are also free to worship within the religion of your choosing without fear of persecution or violence. If you’re arrested and accused of a crime, you have the right to a fair and impartial trial judged by a jury of your peers. Additionally, one of the most essential rights all Americans enjoy the freedom to pursue the things that make them happy, whether that involves professional or personal pursuits.

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