I read an interesting article this morning about how a majority of Canadians would fail the Citizenship test required for immigrants to become Canadian citizens:
The Ipsos-Reid survey showed that 60 percent of Canadians would fail the test. A similar poll done in 1997 showed a failure rate of 45 percent.
“Canadians appear to be losing knowledge when it comes to the most basic questions about Canadian history, politics, culture and geography … (they) performed abysmally on some questions,” the firm said in a statement. – [Reuters]
In the midst of all of the hullabaloo about illegal immigration, I can’t help but ask myself how many American citizens would pass the test required for American Citizenry. Many Americans are very quick to point fingers and cry foul at immigrants, both legal and illegal. We complain about them taking our jobs, benefits, cultural differences, language issues, and so on, ad nauseam. And yet there are many “American Citizens” whom I believe, have less of a right to the resources and opportunities that our great nation provides than a good number of the immigrants that they decry on a daily basis.
What we should really asking ourselves is, what makes someone a true American citizen? Being born in the good old U.S. of A.? I dunno. Most of us so called “Americans” are actually immigrants. Yeah, yeah, I know some of you are thinking, “OK, now he’s going to start babbling about Native Americans and so on. Why does he have to bring up old stuff?”. I know. It’s a clichéd and corny reference. But there is a point. I think everyone knows that although being born here automatically makes you an American citizen, it doesn’t automatically make you a good or even a worthy citizen. So I think it’s hypocritical for us to sit here and talk about making it harder for other people to become citizens, when we ourselves did exactly naught to do so.
I’m not saying that we should allow random immigrants to cross our borders and gain citizenship in a free and unrestricted manner, but considering the size and productivity of the immigrant workforce we currently employ, illegally I might add, (which says a lot about us), and somehow manage to give benefits to, we may as well let them become legal citizens, start paying taxes, bearing civic responsibility, and contributing to the pool they have been benefiting from. After all, they aren’t going to suddenly all vanish just because they are illegal now are they? As I see it, It’s either have them stay in hiding and deplete our resources from the inside, or let them into the fold and let the system work the way it’s supposed to. Just a crazy thought…
Most Canadians would fail own citizenship test – [Reuters]