In typical lukewarm fashion, O’Rourke responded to a conversation about the eliminating the citizenship test as “something for us to think about.” Not exactly a full endorsement of the idea, but also not a rejection of it. Offending no one, impressing no one.
Another panelist had reportedly been discussing the idea that requiring immigrants to pass a test to earn citizenship was a “structural barrier” for immigrants.
As the process stands now, immigrants have to pass a two-part test before they can become citizens. One part tests English proficiency in reading, writing and speaking. The other part tests civics knowledge by asking applicants up to 10 questions out of a pool of 100. Six out of 10 is a passing grade on that portion.