Our current social climate has been confusing and scary as of late. One discussion that I have repeatedly found myself engaging in is how important it is to have a passport, especially now.
I am one of those people that has yet to get her passport. Yes, I am in my early 30s and I have never gotten a passport. I never had a reason to because I have all other forms of identification and I have yet to travel out of the country.
However, In this day and age, if you are a member of a “minority” group, a woman, a person that identifies as anything other than Christian, a disabled person, or even a senior citizen, you may want to get a passport while it is still relatively easy to do so.
Why Having a Passport is More Vital than Ever
- It is needed in order to explore other living options
This goes without saying. The purpose of a passport is to serve as valid identification that is required to travel abroad. Due to the current social climate of our government, many people have been talking of taking residence in other countries and starting fresh elsewhere. The first step to getting this plan to action is having a passport.
- The numerous executive orders that have been signed is alarming already
There have been executive orders signed for the Muslims, orders for illegal citizens, and even orders for the disabled. Taking the “no one is safe” approach, paying attention to the current executive orders that have been signed is reason enough to get a passport. Just in case it is ever needed, getting one while it is still relatively easy to do so would be a very smart move.
- The liberties of people that have lived in this country and occupied jobs and homes for decades are at stake
Even if you fall into the category of people and are a natural-born citizen, seeing the things that have been happening to non-citizens would, in my opinion, be enough to get a passport, just to make sure that all of my identification boxes are checked at all times.
- Right now, getting a passport is a simple and rather seamless process
Getting a passport requires a simple proof of identify, a current passport photo, and $150 in most places. It takes about six weeks for the passport to come in and it can even been express-processed for an additional fee.
Considering that it is still an easy process to get a passport, one should take advantage of this and get theirs as soon as they can. After all, with so many changes being made in our government at the blink of an eye, we never know when changes to the passport process guidelines will come.
Even if I have no immediate intentions of traveling abroad, I can’t think of a reason why a person would not get a passport now. The social climate of our country is not changing in a positive way for all people. Having your passport for the purpose of exploring other living options abroad, to stand in solidarity for those that have been affected by executive orders and other new legislation, and getting it because it’s necessary and easy to file for and receive are all great reasons to grab your passport before it’s no longer an easy process to do so.
Check with your local government for information on applying for your passport.