Some of the questions asked on the U.S.Citizenship test may include two Bill of Rights in the Declaration of Independence, naming one of five U.S. territories, or give the exact number of amendments in the Constitution of the United States of America.
Immigrants who wish to become citizens of America must take and pass the test not only to measure knowledge of U.S. civics but to understand fully the functions and values of the U.S. government and all responsibilities and rights that go along with being a citizen. The Trump administration is gearing up for an updated version of the test, which will be out before the end of President Trump’s first term.
The last time the test was revised was in 2008, and 10 questions are given to the applicants from a list of a hundred in three different categories: American History, American Government, and integrated civics (Symbols, geography, and holidays). All questions are available for every applicant to study and learn, so there are no trick questions.
Since the executive branch handles everything about the test and President Trump in charge, liberals are already getting their pacifiers ready for crying. President Trump has already made it clear he wants the laws and policies on immigration revised for the better.
Ken Cuccinelli, the USCIS acting director who was appointed by the president last year told journalists, “Isn’t everybody always paranoid that this is used for ulterior purposes? Of course, they’re going to be sorely disappointed when it just looks like another version of a civics exam. I mean that’s pretty much how it’s going to look.”
In the first two years as president, Trump has cut back on the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., made it more difficult to qualify for asylum, and overhauled the visa program to have those with advanced degrees first, along with those able to speak fluent English.
All of this is designed to keep America from becoming a third world country or worse. Liberals do not see it this way as they cry out “racism” or other slanders to keep Democrats in charge.
Many of the USCIS officials only see the test as a reshuffling or rewording of some of the questions which bring the test to a more modern education standard. Cuccinelli said, “I just think we need to freshen the material. Even if all we do is go pull questions from 2000 and questions from 2008.”
Last year, USCIS naturalized over 750,000 people. An immigrant has to be a permanent resident of the U.S. for no less than five years before being considered to apply. Immigration attorneys claim there is a backlog that goes back to 2016 and the list continues to grow.
According to USCIS, an applicant must answer six out of ten questions correctly to pass.
Not every question on the test is easy. Cuccinelli said, referring to question number 20: Who is one of your state’s U.S. senators now? “I can’t tell you how many spouses seeking to become citizens know more about that answer than their spouse.” Cuccinelli and his staff said they “joke about the ones that currently exist and whether we know them all.”
The last revision in 2008 removed the trivia feel of the test and put it up to par with incorporated questions meant to understand the U.S. government and the birth of America. Cuccinelli said there is hardly any difference with how this test strikes him as compared to the last revision. He found some questions should have never been asked like the questions concerning the United Nations.
He said it was “preposterous because it has absolutely nothing to do with the United States of America, and having such a question in there is just not right.” He added, “Who gives a flying rat’s ass that the U.N. is located in the United States? So is the Russian Embassy. We don’t ask about Russia. But nothing stands out as inherently wrong with the existing test”
Cuccinelli continued, “Really, and you see it in a lot of the questions that are already there. I want to see it reflecting American principles, constitutional principles, that are unique that help makes us exceptional and are frankly part of the reason people want to come here.”
Officials stated, “A lot of the questions such as ‘What is the economic system in the United States?’ and ‘What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?’ is likely to stay the same.