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New citizenship test

November 30, 2006

“Immigrant rights” groups are protesting as US unveils new citizenship test.  It will be less fact-based and more concept-based.  The new test will be “tried out on volunteers”.  Here are a few sample questions:

  • Why does the United States have three branches of government?

  • Name two rights that are only for US citizens
  • Name two cabinet-level positions
  • Name one important idea found in the Declaration of Independence
  • What does the Constitution do?

Just as a lark, I’d like to see all candidates for public office pass this test before being allowed on the ballot.  Oh, and all immigrants applying for citizenship, too.

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  1. December 1, 2006 at 02:18 | #1

    Well, that should keep out the…  [fill in your racist remarks…]

  2. December 1, 2006 at 07:31 | #2

    That’s what the “immigrants’ rights” groups are claiming.  Apparently leaving one’s home and moving to a new country does not suggest to them an obligation to learn the new country’s language and something about its core philosophy.

  3. James Old Guy
    December 1, 2006 at 12:24 | #3

    I agree eith DOF on this one.  Memorizing the words is useless without understanding the meaning. Strangely enough those new citizens seem to value citizenship much more than those that were handed citizenship just by the mere chance of being born here.

  4. December 1, 2006 at 12:45 | #4

    I was being jocular with my comment.  I think if you are going to leave your country to live here, you should not only understand how our country works, but you need to know the language.  If I wanna learn your language to communicate with you in my country I will.  If not tough s***… learn English.

    And don’t get me started on that wall Bush wants to build…

    Here is my immigrant stance, and the solution to our immigrant problems.  You guys ready for this one, I know it’s hard to grasp :roll:

    UPHOLD THE LAW OUR COUNTRY HAS ABOUT HIRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!  Which *GASP* means you actually enforce the friggen law.  If a company is caught hiring illegals, give them a waring the first time, a hefty fine the next time, and an even heftier fine the next time. 

    If the penalty is large enough companies will choose not to hire illegals, especially small businesses.  Which means, no more illegals coming over (well maybe not in the short term).  Eventually illegals would get the idea, that they have to have a visa or be a citizen to get a job here cause no company wants to risk the fine.

    Now really how hard is that.  No need for a f***ing billion dollar wall that won’t do diddly.  PROBLEM SOLVED!

  5. December 4, 2006 at 05:25 | #5

    Web05, I find that we are (uncharactaristically) in complete agreement on this one.  We don’t need a wall, and we don’t need any new laws.  We just need to start enforcing the laws that are already on the books, dammit!

    To quote the goblins in Labyrinth, “That’s not hard, is it?”


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