Re: Jury duty... do you have to be a U.S. citizen?
Date: September 17, 2009 10:33AM
Wow... amazing, how ignorant people can be. Jury duty summons are computer-generated, and not necessarily based on lists of registered voters. I have received a jury duty summons while in the United States on a student visa, while most certainly on no voter list. I also know a green card holder who received a summons, despite not being registered to vote. He is my husband.
That you think that ANY non-American would wish to commit a felony by voting, whether or not they are here legally or not, is beyond me. The risks involved are tremendous for any immigrant, and for what? So we can cast our one vote for reason, to be lost in a sea of bigotry and ignorance that is your political system?
FYI - I continue to happily live and work, legally, in the United States. Life just worked out that way. I do not want to live in my home country - despite my overall cynicism about the level of education and intelligence in the US, I actually do care about this country - I have spent more than half my life here, and love the land, and even some of the people. :P Fortunately, many Americans rise far above the level of crude hate and bigotry displayed in this thread.
At some point in the future I might wish to apply for citizenship - the thought has crossed my mind. For now, however, I have had quite enough of forms, and paperwork, and rude idiots in cubicles with an unlimited supply of unjustified hate to spew at me. I've jumped through hoop, after hoop, after hoop, to be here legally. I've been treated like shit by people with the intellectual capacity of a medium-sized scallop. I've submitted to embarrassing questions, and ridiculous mockeries of medical tests. All in all - it would have been much, much, easier, to just be illegal - but I did not wish to do that - because I am an honest person, who respects the legal system of the place I have chosen to live in.
I have much to offer as a fellow human being - I am a teacher, and love my job. I volunteer, donate to charity, take part in educational events and fairs, both for teachers, and for students. I pay taxes. In short - I give a crap, unlike many others. If you think this country would be better off without me, that is merely your opinion, and an uneducated one at that - you are not entitled to it, since you do not know me. Or... maybe you DO know me... maybe you would NEVER say the things you say here to my face. Because it is SO much easier to spew hate at faceless strangers on the internet, then it is to stand up to someone you know, someone you know is a good and valuable person, and tell them you despise them for teaching your children, for donating to your charities, for paying taxes that go to building your roads.
So, to all of you hate mongers out there - thank God that you are balanced out by open-minded, good people, who evaluate the worth of others based on their character, and not on their citizenship.