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With immigration front and center in the presidential race, some experts have taken a closer look at what it entails to apply to settle in the United States.

However, some of the answers—or, more accurately, questions—may seem shocking.

According to the Washington Examiner, State Department and DHS surveys do indeed ask if a potential immigrant has been involved in terrorism, but the groups the forms list are either extinct or not in the "top 10" in prominence.

The N-400 form, a common naturalization application, asks respondents instead whether they have had any involvement in the Nazis, or any association with the Berlin government between 1933 and 1945. The form also asks specifically about the Communist Party, expert and former Army officer Mark Sauter found.

There are also questions about applicants’ intoxication and whether they are polygamists.

The form does ask about ties to genocide, torture and guerrilla warfare, but references to the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and Al Shabaab are absent.

Sauter told the paper that the feds require congressional action to be taken before contemporary threats can be added to written applications.

In recent times, candidates like Donald Trump have pointed to examples like this to garner support for stricter vetting practices for immigrants hoping to be naturalized.

With large numbers of people trying to emigrate from the Middle East, do you think politicians should or will take action on changing these forms? Let us know in the comments.


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