THE ‘AN­NOY­ING’ FAC­TOR

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

The par­ti­san fuss over im­mi­gra­tion con­tin­ues. Things are way worse over­seas, though. In­dus­tri­ous re­searchers at the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee delved into mul­ti­ple press ac­counts and govern­ment records to de­ter­mine im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies in five other na­tions.

“Look­ing at the im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies of for­eign coun­tries shows how lax Amer­ica’s im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem re­ally is,” The re­searchers stated. Here’s what they found. In Switzer­land, for­eign­ers who wish to be­come nat­u­ral­ized face a vet­ting process which can in­clude nam­ing lo­cal cheeses and ap­proval by the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion,” the re­searchers said, not­ing that one ap­pli­cant who had lived in Switzer­land for 34 years and spoke flu­ent Swiss-Ger­man was re­jected for be­ing “too an­noy­ing.” The na­tion also bars for­eign­ers from nat­u­ral­iza­tion if they have been on so­cial wel­fare within three years of their ap­pli­ca­tion.

Switzer­land, along with Den­mark and Ger­many, also have laws al­low­ing of­fi­cials to seize cash and

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