Biden drops Trump-Era citizenship test
In another attempt to erase the Donald Trump years, the Joe Biden administration decided to come back to an older version of the US citizenship test.
The current test, which was implemented by the Trump administration, has been criticized by some for not giving enough notice before the new test is implemented.
A Newsmax report said some of the complaints related to the lack of time to study and prepare training materials and resources. Another complaint was that for many questions there was only one acceptable answer according to the study guide.
Homeland Security announced that it was canceling the use of the new citizenship test developed by the Trump administration and that it would revert to the test created in the Bush years.https://t.co/Hi2bXOz395
– The Washington Times (@WashTimes) February 23, 2021
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A New York Post report describes some of the things that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services believe will be different between the new test and the one implemented by Trump:
The test will consist of only ten questions, different from the current twenty questions. Candidates must pass at least 60% of the questions and pass an English test.
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As part of the Trump test, there was a list of 128 questions from which each test could pull questions. That number now drops to 100.
Candidates may also be asked about the functions of various offices within the federal government, such as representatives and senators, and the importance of founding documents.
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The New York Post report went on to give some examples of test questions that the Biden administration removed from the list of possible test questions, saying that “the words ‘Life, Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness’ are found in which founding document? The only correct answer is the declaration of independence. “
Another is, “What founding document says the American colonies were free from Britain?” Another question removed from the list is: “Name a document that influenced the US Constitution?”
The answers included for this question in the study guide were acceptable were the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence.
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Immigration in numbers: who takes the test?
According to a “AZ Central” report, USCIS currently has a backlog of 942,000 citizenship applications. In 2019, the Department of Homeland Security said there were 13.6 million permanent residents in the United States. Of these, 9.2 million were eligible for naturalization.
The new states of politics that anyone who has applied for citizenship since December 1, 2020 and has an interview scheduled before April 19, 2021 has the option of taking either the 2020 test for which they would have studied, or the 2008 version of the test.
If someone applied after March 1 of this year, they will take the 2008 test and the 2020 version will be phased out on April 19, 2021.
The Newsmax report also stated that there have been many criticisms of the Trump administration’s test for what was seen as “so-called Conservative bias.” The bias was determined because there were five questions on the Federalist documents and only two on the Civil Rights movement.