I Passed. Can You?

The INS wants you score 80% or better on an oral version of this test.
I scored 90% and will make the usual disclaimer that at least one of the questions I got wrong was not particularly germane to being a good citizen. It was something that most folks would look up rather than remember.
How well did you do?
Here is the current list of possible questions (PDF) with answers.
In the new pilot exam (PDF) applicants are required to anwer only 6 out of 10 questions during the pilot period.

Via Rants From The Rookery.

Signing Statement

Let’s suppose for a moment that the house and senate pass and send to the president for signature immigration legislation that contains these english language requirements:

The White House said the president agrees with two amendments that senators tacked onto the immigration bill, adding that both are “consistent with” Bush’s views. It added that Bush believes the command of English is the best route to assimilation for immigrants.
On Thursday, the Senate passed a Republican measure that would make English the national language. Moments later, it approved a Democrat-led amendment declaring English a “common and unifying language.”
It passed the two amendments to add to the comprehensive immigration bill it’s expected to take to the House next week.
Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, who supports “national” but not “common and unifying,” complained that his colleagues were trying to “have it both ways.”
The bill already requires illegal immigrants to learn English as a condition of earning legal permanent residency, a step toward citizenship.

We can expect that the decider will add the following signing statement:

The president can exclude himself from the english language requirements particularly when talking about suiciders.

Perhaps we can make speaking english a requirement for national office.

Turning off the Federal Government

I haven’t heard anything good about the REAL ID Act, HR 418. Ron Paul, though, hints at a way to turn off the federal government:

Supporters claim it is not a national ID because it is voluntary. However, any state that opts out will automatically make non-persons out of its citizens. The citizens of that state will be unable to have any dealings with the federal government because their ID will not be accepted. They will not be able to fly or to take a train. In essence, in the eyes of the federal government they will cease to exist. It is absurd to call this voluntary.
If the people of enough states just say no then most of us can cease to exist in the eyes of the federal government. What a pleasing thought!
Aside from this remote possibility there are many reasons this legislation should be squashed. Read it, weep, then call your congress critter and tell them to just say no!
Via Declan McCullagh.

The bush immigration plan?

A lot of folks have been unhappy about bush’s immigration plan. Some folks on the left think it does not open things enough and some on the right think he’s opening the borders like a sieve. Perhaps, though, this is just diversion.,
The true bush administration policy may be the consequence of many other administration actions and ultimately reverse the flow of people across US borders. Really, who would want to come to a regime every bit as oppressive as communism.

Immigration Failure

Current immigration law and enforcement appear to be an utter failure. Jeanne D’Arc points out that:

Between 1994 and 2002, we spent $20 billion militarizing our southern border and trying to keep out or send back immigrants, and it’s hard to see that as anything but a complete waste of money.

and looks at an alternative approach to discussing the issue:

I wondered if maybe there was another way to frame the issue: Should we continue to pour massive ammounts of money into a policy that clearly doesn’t work (and also kills people)? Should we give up? Or should we spend that money in ways that will improve life for people in Mexico so that they aren’t forced to come here to work? What good could we do with $20 billion over the next eight years?

Perhaps money will talk. This same approach is starting to make inroads against the drug wars.

Wal-Mart Illegals

Surely no one is really surprised by this:

Federal officials are sweeping Wal-Mart stores across the United States as part of an effort to arrest some 300 illegal workers by Thursday evening…..
Officials say investigators are concerned about a pattern of Wal-Mart using contractors who employ illegal aliens and that Wal-Mart has, in fact, continued to use contractors who have been convicted of hiring aliens in the past.

Or that Wal-Mart would try to hide behind the ‘contractor’s employees’ argument:

“They arrested a number of members of the floor cleaning crews.” Williams emphasized the workers are employed by contractors, saying, “they’re not Wal-Mart associates.”

If Wal-Mart really did not know then there are some management types who need to be fired for failure to do due diligence in hiring the contractors.