US citizenship and immigration services announced the launch of a new plan to “improve the test for citizenship.” As stated on the website of the organization, the questions of the current test will be revised and updated. In particular, the changes will affect the sections of social studies, US history, political structure, and value system, as well as the test of English.
The first tests of the new list of issues will begin in the autumn of 2019, and a complete replacement will take place by the end of 2020 – early 2021. The last time the test for US citizenship was revised by the authorities in 2009. It contains 100 questions about the United States, of which each applicant is asked ten. To pass the test, you must correctly answer six of it.
In 2018, about 757 thousand applicants received US citizenship – this is the highest figure in the last five years.
Meanwhile, on July 11, US President Donald Trump, after weeks of litigation with the Democratic Party and human rights activists, refused to include the issue of citizenship in the list of questions for the next census. Instead, through the decree, he intends to collect information on citizenship in the databases of various ministries and departments. Trump believes it is extremely important to have a clear idea of how many people live in the country with US citizenship and how many without it. The administration of the current President initially announced a desire to reduce the level of legal and illegal immigration.
In mid-July, the US President invited four Democrats from Congress to “return to their countries.” Three of them were born in the United States, the fourth came there as a child and received citizenship. The House of Representatives condemned Trump for racist remarks.