Making Sure Your Voice is Heard

Tue, Mar 08, 2016 at 9:25PM

In today’s political climate, when issues for immigrants and their families are heatedly discussed and the future—for many—can seem unsure, it’s more important than ever to air your concerns and make sure your voice is heard. This can be done in many ways depending on your abilities and status in the country—and we’re exploring them below.

Vote

One of the best ways to ensure that your voice is heard is, of course, to vote regularly at the local, state and federal level. Doing so allows you to exercise your rights and have a say in some of the most important questions of today’s times—including those of immigration and rights for citizens and noncitizens living in the United States.

Of course, your ability to vote in these elections depends entirely on your status in the country. If you are a naturalized citizen, you can vote in elections—including the general election in November—as a US-born citizen would. This right is not granted to permanent residents—however, these residents may be able to vote in local elections depending on the specific place in question.

Not sure if you are eligible to vote? It’s a big question, so don’t trust the answer to anybody but your local voting authority. They will be able to provide a concrete answer as to whether or not you can vote in an upcoming election.

Petition

Even if you are not yet a citizen, you can still air your concerns through the power of petitioning. Online platforms and physical movements are viable ways to get your message across—and if you have an idea, you can be sure that others in your area or online share that view, too. Don’t underestimate the power of a group of likeminded people working to change a system or advocate for change—it’s one of the best resources we have, and anyone can take part!

Know the issues

When it comes to getting your ideas and concerns out in the open, the most important thing is to stay informed and do your research on the issues at hand. By staying up to date on what’s going on in the world around you, you will be better equipped to respond to problems as they arise. You will also be able to inform friends, family, neighbors and others about what they may not know or have access to.

No matter how you do it, making sure your voice is heard is a crucial part of living and working in this country. Whether you vote in local elections or seek support on online outlets, take time to research and air your ideas so that you can make a meaningful impact from wherever you stand.

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