Who is the vice president of the United States?
That’s just one of the many questions immigrants might face when they take the civics test for U.S. citizenship — and if you think most Americans can easily answer, you might want to think again.
A new video posted online last week by the Immigrant Archive Project features 15 randomly selected individuals attempting to answer some of the easiest questions on the test.
Only one passed.
“Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?” the interviewer asks.
“Umm, I feel so dumb,” an individual replies.
“I should know this,” another says.
Tony Hernandez, co-founder of the Immigrant Archive Project, told TheBlaze Monday that his group aimed to debunk the “misconception that it’s relatively easy [for immigrants] to get their citizenship.”
“We came to the understanding that the naturalization test is the easiest hurdle for immigrants,” he said. “And we thought it could shed some light on the experience to quiz Americans.”
[sharequote align=”center”]”Quite frankly, these questions were probably 10 of the easiest questions you could ask.”[/sharequote]
“Quite frankly, these questions were probably 10 of the easiest questions you could ask,” Hernandez added, noting that he was “surprised” individuals struggled with some of the easiest questions on the test.
Hernandez said the Immigrant Archive Project does not advocate for public policy changes, but simply aims to highlight the experience of immigrants through interviews.
“What we try to do with the project is we just try to get people to understand the immigrant experience in the U.S.,” he said. “There is no quintessentially American story than the immigrants in America, so we’ve tried to capture that.”
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