- My wife and daughter were U.S. citizens;
- My wife and I had been married 17 years and our daughter was almost 6, we did not think we would be moving back to Europe anytime soon;
- I had lived here permanently for more than 8 years and had my green card since 1980 (14 years);
- My Masters and Ph.D. degree were both from U.S. institutions and I interviewed once for a job in Holland in 1990 and I noticed that I did not have command of the Dutch scientific jargon in my field and the persons interviewing me let me know that;
- In a past international job, a few frustrated Dutchmen had tried to do everything in their power to show me that their European education was better than my U.S. education (you traitor);
- Therefore, I had come to the conclusion that I was going to remain in the U.S. for the rest of my career;
- In 1993, I was rejected for the ideal job at the last minute, when at the time of contract signing, I was asked the question: “are you a U.S. citizen”; this was for the job as manager of natural resources division at the Nevada Test Site; and lastly
- I decided, if I want to stay in the U.S., I should be able to vote and be a responsible citizen.
While these guys put on a big smile and took it all in stride, I wonder. I can imagine that privately they felt hurt, humiliated. I can understand why someone (some ethnic groups) would vote for certain political candidates or not, based on some of the rhetoric being spouted about certain races, certain under current or things not being said. As an immigrant or alien, I am fascinated with U.S. politics and probably hypersensitive to some of these things as well. I will keep watching and listening and making my own opinion about it all. But one thing is for sure, I will vote!