Growing up I loved the holiday because of the opportunity to spend time with friends and family, eat barbecue, and swim in the pool during Houston's summer heat.
However, since I started practicing U.S. immigration law, I have developed a new appreciation of July 4th. It's a chance to think about life in America, and all of opportunities people have in this country.
So many people around the world want to come live in the United States with the hope of creating a better life for themselves and their families. U.S. Citizens, no matter what race, religion, ethnicity, or gender, are able to vote in elections. We have so many freedoms in America--a country created and built by immigrants.
People in other countries do not share the same rights and protections that we do in the U.S. It is one of the reasons why it is important to vote. Each citizen's voice counts when it comes to our government.
I am also thankful of the dedication and service of the U.S. military for continuing to protect the freedom and rights we have in the United States.