Okay, But how about some shared Responsibility?
The U.S. government announced on July 27 that it will continue to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to fund English, history, and civics courses, as well as naturalization legal services to foreigners seeking legal American citizenship, according to Judicial Watch.
According to a Homeland Security grant obtained by Judicial Watch, the $10 million will be allocated to the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The program, which will distribute the money across 36 organizations, aims to provide hopeful immigrants with classes in U.S. history and government in preparation for the citizenship test, as well for activities that promote civic and linguistic assimilation.
“Naturalization requirements, such as knowledge of English and of U.S. history and civics, encourage civic learning and build a strong foundation upon which immigrants can fully assimilate into society,” the Homeland Security grant states.
The only potential problems that I can see are those insofar as illegal immigrants, and of course, the responsible policing of the individuals within the program. In other words, I do have a tendency (for the 1st time ever!) to understand why the USA has opted to do this, albeit with a striking concern.
First, “through preparing for naturalization, immigrants will gain the tools to become successful citizens and assimilate into our society and meet their responsibilities as United States citizens” or will they? It does sound alright, however, there needs to be some policing regarding no illegals allowed!
As much as the society has changed with morals, values, and ethics putting up some funding for full assimilation is not a bad idea. Remember, is it too much to ask our government to monitor to a degree of respectability how immigrants are doing in these programs?
My heartfelt concern is that we are literally opening up a typical middle – high school education program for these individuals. If ANYONE would just open up the coveted “US Citizenship Test” and see what questions are being asked of these people…it is embarrassing! And to think at one time in our history the test was a full 100 questions
And to think at one time in our history the test was a full 100 questions then to 50 questions, and then to 25 questions, and now it is 10 questions of which the respondent needs to get 6 questions correct? Nothing like making an easy “A” for the GPA. [Joking!] Six correct answers out of ten questions equals a 60% and that’s never been satisfactory with any discipline I have ever taught.
The classes, led by specialized teachers, will focus on reading, writing and speaking. The civic assimilation activities will include trips to local historical landmarks, guest speakers, such as local civic leaders and public servants, and additional activities to allow students to further understand their future role as a U.S. citizen.
The program will also fund naturalization application services for aspiring immigrants, which will provide assistance in the preparation and submission of government forms, interview preparation, representation at naturalization interviews and ongoing case management.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, since 2009, approximately $63 million taxpayer dollars have gone towards similar citizenship preparation services. (Thank you, Mr. Obama!)
“In its final months, the Obama administration doled out $29 million via USCIS grants to register new immigrant voters that likely supported Democrats in the presidential election,” stated Judicial Watch. “Officially it was described as ‘citizenship integration’ aimed at enhancing pathways to naturalization by offering immigrants free citizenship instruction, English, U.S. history and civics courses.”
“The money flowed through two separate USCIS grants, the first for $19 million and a second, just five months later, for $10 million,” said Judicial Watch. “That grant came in a final push before the presidential election to prepare approximately 25,000 residents from more than 50 countries. More than a dozen states—including California, New York, Florida, Washington, and Ohio—with large resident immigrant populations were targeted as well as cities with huge immigrant populations such as Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C.”