CNN’s Jim Acosta tried baiting Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Trump, at a White House briefing yesterday on immigration.
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According to a story in youngcons.com:
Acosta ignorantly stated that only Australian and English migrants to America speak English. He didn’t consider the fact that English is spoken in pretty much every country. In fact, more people speak English in India than they do in England. Go figure.
Miller shot back, saying Acosta was showing his “cosmopolitan bias.”
Now, people are wondering if a person has to speak English to be a naturalized U.S. citizen.
From Daily Caller:
In an attempt to ridicule a proposal on immigration, Acosta cited a poem on the Statue of Liberty, stating that the poem “doesn’t say anything about speaking English” in order to immigrate to the U.S.
Acosta continued, “Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country if you’re telling them you have to speak English? Can’t people learn how to speak English when they get here?”
Miller rebutted, “Well, first of all, right now it’s a requirement that to be naturalized you have to speak English.”
Applicants for naturalization must pass an English language test unless they meet certain requirements for exemption.
Naturalization applicants must pass three English language tests, including reading, writing, and speaking, perthe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“An officer determines an applicant’s ability to speak and understand English based on the applicant’s ability to respond to questions normally asked in the course of the naturalization examination,” the USCIS website reads.
The applicant can fail this test if “he or she does not understand sufficient English to be placed under oath or to answer the eligibility questions on his or her naturalization application,” it continues.
According to the USCIS, applicants must “sufficiently demonstrate the ability to read in English, applicants must read one sentence out of three sentences.”
Applicants have two chances to retake the tests if they fail.
Ultimately, yes, you have to speak English to be naturalized.