Trump Administration to Overhaul U.S. Citizenship Test

Recently, President Trump’s administration unveiled plans to overhaul the test for those looking to obtain US citizenship, which is being redesigned to be achieve a more “meaningful, uniform, and efficient test.”

Discussing the issue, US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli said “Granting US citizenship is the highest honor our nation bestows.”

Cuccinelli went on to explain, “Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency, in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans.”

From The Hill:

The Trump administration on Friday announced it will revise the U.S. citizenship test to help make a “meaningful, uniform, and efficient test.”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it had formed a naturalization test revision working group in December 2018 with “members from across the agency.”

The agency added that it is “soliciting the input of experts in the field of adult education to ensure that this process is fair and transparent.”

“Granting U. S. citizenship is the highest honor our nation bestows,” USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.

“Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans.”

Cuccinelli told the Washington Post that the changes will not be major.

“Isn’t everybody always paranoid that this is used for ulterior purposes?” the immigration hardliner told the outlet on Thursday.

“Of course they’re going to be sorely disappointed when it just looks like another version of a civics exam. I mean that’s pretty much how it’s going to look.”

USCIS naturalized nearly 757,000 people in 2018, a five-year high, according to the agency.