Over the second half of the last century, America’s demographics have changed wildly as immigrants flocked to our shores from all over the world in search of a better life. Previously only available to descendants of the British Isles, America now enjoys a diverse melting pot of cultures, making it a center for international business and trade. Many immigrants to America have retained citizenship in their countries of origin, giving them a more international, global perspective and making them less prone to nationalism and protectionism. Right-wing nationalists have harshly criticized dual citizenship, claiming that it raises questions about one’s allegiance to America, but allegiance aside, studies show that dual citizens tend to be smarter than average and add far greater value to America than blind American patriots.
Dual citizens are the gateway between America and the outside world, providing valuable links with our allies and trading partners. Even many of our politicians now have dual citizenship, and actively promote policies that benefit both America and their country of origin. This should not be frowned upon, as many of these politicians are vital to the formulation and execution of our foreign policy goals, especially those regarding Israel and the Middle East. In addition, many politicians with dual citizenship are in a perfect position to design immigration policies that work for future immigrants from their country of origin. By bridging the cultural divides between America and other countries, dual citizens also help American businesses establish international partnerships and export their products overseas.
Dual citizens should be proud of their heritage, and not feel that they have to pledge an allegiance to any particular country. International trade benefits everyone, and those who choose to work in America while promoting the interests of their home country by for example sending money to relatives in Mexico, or supporting US foreign policy that benefits Israel, should not feel guilty in any way. Israeli-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Nigerian-Americans, Indian-Americans, Asian-Americans and many others, should wear their dual citizenship with pride, and wave both flags in celebration of their dual identity. America is no longer the isolated country it once was – it is now an international hub to be enjoyed by all, and it should be open to everybody from all over the world. Trump’s attempt to reestablish American nationalism is unlikely to last for long, as America’s identity is now truly international, and most Americans want to be part of a new world order that promotes cooperation, trade, and the free movement of people between nations. Despite what Trump says, globalism is the future, not nationalism, and many dual citizens are paving the way for a more open America which eventually dissolves into a greater union.