September 4, 2012
It would be politically incorrect for Congress to demand any knowledge of the English language on the part of arriving migrants, but apparently it is perfectly OK for the immigration system to force computer literacy on would-be arrivals.
I am not a zealot on the language issue, but I find the current posture of our government on these subjects to be a peculiar one.
Unlike some other English-speaking nations, there does not appear to be a U.S. demand for English for any applying immigrant group; there are U.S. requirements for some knowledge of English by some, in fact most, candidates for citizenship, and for some nonimmigrants (e.g., some students), but never for legal immigrants.
On the other hand, the government is making it progressively harder for the non-computer literate to seek migration benefits. Read more...