Friday, November 13, 2020

Trump administration's revisions to the naturalization exam could make the test harder for immigrants seeking citizenship


In his four years in office, President Trump has vigorously pursued greater immigration enforcement, tightening the requirements for legal immigration, reducing refugee admissions, deterring asylum seekers from coming to the United States, and denaturalizing U.S. citizens.  Priscilla Alvarez for CNN reports on upcoming Trump plans for naturalization.

According to Alvarez, the Trump administration  plans to make the naturalization test for citizenship "longer, according to a draft memo obtained by CNN, a move that could make it more difficult and marks the latest in a string of actions intended to alter the citizenship process."

Last year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which administers the exam, announced that it was making changes to the civics portion of the test.
According to the memo, revisions include adding more civics test questions and topics, as well as changing the passing score. 
The story said that it is unclear when the agency will implement changes to the exam.
"It's not unprecedented to change the questions ... what stands out to me is once again a desire to slow down the process and require more from immigrants," said Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council.
"This administration seems locked into an endless cycle of making the process more difficult and inevitably, discouraging more and more people from seeking citizenship and legal immigration benefits," Reichlin-Melnick added.
USCIS has been at the center of some of the administration's most hardline immigration policies, notably the controversial public charge rule, which makes it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they lawfully used public benefits.

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