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Dem Congressman Proposes Waiving Literacy Test for Immigrants Over 65

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 20, 2013 @ 10:28 am In The Point | 2 Comments


The obvious question is does the country actually need immigrants over 65? Do we have a massive Medicare surplus or is it heavily unfunded?

During the State of the Union addy, Obama praised the heroism of Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old Haitian woman who doesn’t speak English [2], but waited on line to vote for him. Victor moved to the United States at the age of 79. She became a citizen in her 90s. At no point in time did she learn to speak English.

Then lefties hilariously tried to pull a stunt in which the woman who does not speak English “wrote” a letter to Scalia protesting his description of state disenfranchisement as a racial entitlement using phrases like “Equality and the right to vote are the shining lights of American democracy that drew me to these shores” that make it rather obvious that the whole thing had been written by an Obama speechwriter.

Desiline Victor’s heroism consisted of taking money from the people who actually earn it and voting to take money from the people who actually earn it. Somehow Victor became a citizen without speaking the language of the country that she was living off. And one Democratic congressman would like to make that a regular thing.

Congressman Jerrold “Waddler” Nadler’s Senior Citizenship Act would exempt immigrants over 65 from having to take an English literacy test and exempt immigrants over 75 from having to take the history and civics exams.

Immigrants over 50 who have been here for over 20 years are already exempted from having to take the history and civics exams in English. There are also waivers for the exams for “physical or developmental disability or mental impairment.” Naturally these same people’s voting rights are not waived.

Applicants are already provided with so many resources for memorizing the test that you nearly have to be retarded to fail. The test can be passed even without knowing anything by simply making the right flash card associations. And the bar is set really, really low.

USCIS Officers are required to repeat and rephrase questions until the Officer is satisfied that the applicant either fully understands the question or does not understand English. If the applicant generally understands and can respond meaningfully to questions relevant to the determination of eligibility, the applicant has demonstrated the ability to speak English.

To sufficiently demonstrate the ability to read in English, applicants must read one sentence, out of three sentences, in a manner suggesting to the USCIS Officer that the applicant appears to understand the meaning of the sentence. Once the applicant reads one of three sentences correctly, USCIS procedures require that the USCIS Officer will stop administering the reading test. Applicants shall not be failed because of their accent when speaking English.

To sufficiently demonstrate the ability to write in English, the applicant must write one sentence, out of three sentences, in a manner that would be understandable as written to the USCIS Officer.

To fail this the applicant has to, “Write nothing or only one or two isolated words”, a sentence that is “completely illegible”, “writes a different sentence or words or does not communicate the meaning of the dictated sentence”

But all that isn’t good enough. Nadler would like an even bigger pass to a system that lets the likes of Desiline Victor through.

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