Immigration Quiz: Sharpen Your Pencils!

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Start the week with a change of pace: an immigration quiz instead of the latest horror stories. Answers (and links to more info) below.

  1. (True or False) In 2002, an undocumented immigrant living in Minnesota could get a driver’s license, as long as they could pass the driving test. 
  2. (True or False) Minnesota is among the seven states with the highest immigrant populations in the country.
  3. Multiple choice: If you are a U.S. citizen, you can file a visa petition for your
    • Grandmother
    • Uncle
    • Stepmother (your father’s widow)
    • None of the above.
  4. Multiple choice: If you are a legal permanent resident, you can file a visa petition for your
    • Spouse
    • Married daughter and her children
    • Mother
    • Brother
  5. (Multiple choice) If you are a brother or sister of a U.S. citizen, getting a visa to immigrate to the United States will take:
    • Less than a year
    • More than a year
    • More than five years
    • More than ten years.
  6. (True or False) Fleeing a civil war is a sufficient reason to be granted refugee status in the United States.
  7. (True or False) In Texas,undocumented immigrants pose a major crime problem.
  8. (True or False) Undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes.
  9. The average wait time for an immigrant to have their case heard in immigration court in Minnesota is:
    • 180 days
    • 365 days
    • 515 days
    • 637 days
    • forever
  10. (True or False) The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States has declined over the past 20 years, and the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the border has also declined.

ANSWERS:

1. TRUE.  In 2002, an undocumented immigrant living in Minnesota could get a driver’s license, as long as they could pass the driving test. Former Governor Tim Pawlenty acted unilaterally to change this long-standing practice and prevent undocumented immigrants from getting driver’s licenses. A bi-partisan bill to allow all Minnesotans to get driver’s licenses was introduced in the Minnesota House on February 21, with broad support from groups including unions, churches, police, agricultural groups, and much more.

  1. FALSE.  Immigrants today make up 13.5% of the U.S. population, and about eight percent of Minnesota’s population. The top seven states for immigrants? California, New York, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Illinois.
  2. None of the above. If you are a U.S. citizen, you cannot file a visa petition for your grandmother, uncle, or stepmother (your father’s widow). You can file only for your spouse, parent, child, brother, or sister. Varying wait times apply to each category.
  3.  If you are a legal permanent resident, you can file a visa petition only for your spouse or unmarried child—no other relatives. 
  4. The visa wait list for a brother or sister of a U.S. citizen varies by country, but currently stands at 12-20 years.
  5. FALSE.  Fleeing a civil war is not grounds for claiming  refugee status in the United States. To claim refugee (or asylum) status, an individual must show a fear of persecution based on one of five “protected grounds”: race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
  6. FALSE.  According to the Cato Institute, “In the state of Texas, which actually counts criminal convictions by immigration status, the illegal immigrant criminal conviction rate is about half that of native-born Texans and the legal immigrant conviction rate was 66 percent below.”  
  7. FALSE. Undocumented immigrants paid more than $20 billion in income taxes in 2015. They also pay billions each year in Medicare and Social Security taxes, though they cannot collect either.
  8. Average wait time in Minnesota’s immigration court as of January 2019 is 637 days. The immigration court, located in Bloomington, has  9,012 pending cases . Average time for all immigration courts in the country is 746 days.
  9. TRUE. The number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States rose until 2007, and has steadily declined since then. Unauthorized border crossings have fallen even more dramatically, from a high of 1.6 million apprehensions in 2000 to a low of 400,000 to 500,000 in recent years.

 

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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