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Monday, January 23, 2006

New Citizenship Test

From UPI:

The federal government is planning to change the U.S. citizenship test to reflect better the understanding of government by immigrants.

Gone will be the questions: What color are the stars on our flag? (white); How many representatives are in Congress? (435); Who becomes president if the president and the vice president should die? (the speaker of the House of Representatives); Who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner?" (Francis Scott Key); Which U.S. citizenship and immigration form is used to apply to become a naturalized citizen? (Form N-400).

Instead, government officials want to ask immigrants about freedom of speech and religion and democratic concepts, the Boston Globe reported Sunday.

However, some fear the teat might become too difficult and will demand better English skills than the current test requires.

I'm sorry, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with making the citizenship test more demanding. This is a great teaching moment.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in full agreement and a reasonable level of English fluency should be a mandatory requirement for citizenship. People who lack fluency in English cannot be trusted to be adequately informed about the public debate and are subject to easy manipulation by racial panderers who invariably have a slanted political viewpoint. If you can't read the ballot in English then you should not be given citizenship and most particularly the voting franchise.

And while we are reforming the test, we ought to start taking the Oath of Citizenship seriously. People who swear to disavow all foreign allegiances should be required to surrender their foreign passports and disavow their previous citizenship.

1/23/2006 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Latino Pundit said...

"People who lack fluency in English cannot be trusted to be adequately informed about the public debate and are subject to easy manipulation by racial panderers who invariably have a slanted political viewpoint."

Are you kidding me? I don't think Martin Luther King was addressing foreign language rascists. LOLOL.

1/24/2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latino Pundit, I think I am perhaps missing your point. Are you suggesting that there are plenty of native American born citizens who are also subject to easy manipulation by racial panderers?

If so, I agree. We have plenty of ignorant and stupid people who were born in America. We have no choice but to accept them as citizens. Sadly, Democracy does not work well when the population is ignorant. Just look at the kinds of governments the ignorant people are electing south of our borders. It isn't pretty and it is nothing I want to allow to happen here.

But we DO HAVE A CHOICE about which wouldbe immigrants we accept as citizens. We won't make America better by importing even more ignorant people then we already have and giving them the voting franchise. The more of these types of people we allow to become voters, the more likely we are to get a Venezuelan style democracy.

A reasonable degree of fluency in English is a perfectly reasonable requirement for participation in our Democracy.

1/24/2006 11:50 AM  

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