Clouds. 41.4   F New York
AI-Powered News Summarizer
Top Stories

Biden administration rolls back Trump-era citizenship civics test

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

Compression ratio: 66.5%. 2 min read.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: A Colombian immigrant studies ahead of her citizenship exam at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Queens office on May 30, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The branch office is located in an area heavily populated by immigrants and processes thousands of Green Card and U.S. citizenship applications each year. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The Biden administration is rolling back the controversial Trump-era naturalization civics test, reverting to a prior version of the exam, according to a policy alert published Monday.

(CNN)The Biden administration is rolling back the controversial Trump-era naturalization civics test, reverting to a prior version of the exam, according to a policy alert published Monday.

The agency had received thousands of comments on the Trump administration's exam, as well as President Joe Biden's executive order on restoring faith in the legal immigration system.

In December, the Trump administration implemented its revised civics test, which made changes to test content, increased the number of questions for applicants to study, and updated the number of questions applicants had to answer correctly.

The Trump-era test may "inadvertently" create potential barriers to the naturalization process, the Biden administration determined.

News that the Biden administration was planning to ditch the Trump-era exam was first reported by BuzzFeed News.

Multiple comments on the Trump-era test noted that there was little advance notice before its implementation, raising concerns about limited time for study and preparation of training materials and resources, according to the USCIS policy alert.

The update goes into effect on March 1 and there will be a brief period during which the agency may offer both versions of the test to accommodate applicants who were already studying for the Trump-era version.

USCIS, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, was at the center of several of the Trump administration's hardline immigration policies, including ones that made it exceedingly difficult for migrants to seek asylum in the US and the controversial "public charge" rule, which makes it harder for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits.

Cuccinelli touted the efforts by the Trump administration to revise the test.

"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 said in a statement when the agency announced it would revise the naturalization exam.

Summarizer is on Google News. Now you can get the latest AI summarized news on your favorite news platform.

Don't like Google News? We have an RSS Feed for you.

Suggestions