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What are my obligations as a U.S. citizen?

All citizens of the U.S. are afforded certain rights that can't be taken away. Additionally, citizens, including immigrants, are also obligated to uphold the essential tenets of this country. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explains these obligations so you and your family can strive to exemplify the values that make America what it is. 

When you apply for citizenship, you're making a commitment to the U.S. This entails participating in the democratic process. Not only should you vote in state and federal elections, you must also inform yourself on each of the candidates and what they have to offer. That way you can make an informed decision on what's in the best interest of yourself and other citizens. You should also take an interest in your surrounding community. You can do so by keeping up on local news and seeking out community resources when you have questions.

As a citizen of the U.S., you have the right to believe in and worship as you see fit. In the same token, you must respect others' rights to believe in the religion of their choosing. Free expression is a key component of the American experience, one that makes this country unique. While threatening and inflammatory language that causes harm to others is not permitted by law, you are free to express your opinion even when it's unpopular. 

Lastly, as a citizen, you're obligated to pay income taxes as required by the law. You're also obligated to adhere to all state, local, and federal laws. Criminal wrongdoing not only hurts you, it also distresses the community you live in. In the same regard, you have an obligation to serve on a jury when requested to ensure the constitution and the rights of other citizens are upheld. 

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