Asked in US Constitution
US Constitution

What are the rights duties and responsibilities of an American citizen?

Answer

Wiki User
08/20/2012

The rights and duties of a citizen are to be a good citizen and abide the laws in the Constitution. You have to support and defend the Constitution, serve the country when required, participate in the democratic process, respect and obey federal, state, and local laws, respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others, and participate in your local community. The rights that you have are you can vote in federal elections, serve on a jury, bring family members to the United States, obtain citizenship for children born abroad, travel with a U.S. passport, run for federal office, keep and bear arms, and become eligible for federal grants and scholarships.

Being a citizen of the US comes with a lot of great responsibilities. A few are Paying attention to what is happening in the world, Voting, paying taxes, speaking up for what you believe, education, volunteering, have faith in what the people have chosen, obey the law, adapting to new things or laws, jury duty, and for some being in the military is a big one. There are plenty more than that, but I would have to say that paying attention and voting are the two most important by far. Voters are who pick the people that run the country you live in. If voters don't know what is happening or who can fix it, their uneducated vote could change the future. It is all about the responsibilities of the citizens.

Obeying all the city, state, and national laws

Paying all your Taxes

Jury Duty (when needed)

Serve as a Witness on jury

Register for the Draft when you turn 18

Vote

defending the nation


A American citizen votes in local, state and national elections but this is NOT required. They also abide by the laws of the state and nation. They agree to defend the nation, when called to do so.

Obey the laws

Pay taxes

Serve on jury (linked to Taxes)

Attend school (State Laws)

Defend the country; Join service
You can vote for the politician of your choice and have full participation in United States democracy. Remember, as a voter, the politicians will listen to you.

As a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for all state and federal jobs, and other jobs where U.S. citizenship is required.

You can protect yourself from government policy changes that target non-citizens, such as welfare and Supplemental Security Income.

Unlike other immigration papers, you never have to renew your citizenship certificate.

If you become a citizen before your children turn 18, in most cases they also become citizens and receive benefits that all citizens are entitled to.

You can help more of your family members come to the United States.

You can petition for your parents, married children, and siblings whether they are married or single, and fiancés. In most cases the unmarried children of U.S. citizens get permanent residence faster if the parents are citizens than if the parents are permanent residents.

Finally, you have the privilege of traveling in and out of the United States more freely and you enjoy the benefits of holding a U.S. Passport.


"If you're going to be involved in government in the United States, citizenship is a must. To be a Senator or Representative, you must be a citizen of the United States. To be President, not only must you be a citizen, but you must also be natural-born. Aside from participation in government, citizenship is an honor bestowed upon people by the citizenry of the United States when a non-citizen passes the required tests and submits to an oath."

from usconstitution.net