A few people already know about the "New Industry" revolving around immigration laws, so cleverly described on the front page of The Times (May 6). We are some of the teachers of U.S. citizenship classes in adult public schools. This "industry," known as "providers," has been doing the same thing for legal residents applying to become citizens.
While thousands of people a month take the naturalization examination, most, not all, of the citizenship classes offered by the schools are small. So small, that within the last month, two have closed--not enough students. The rule for adult classes is no students, no money from the state. The teachers of these classes were knowledgeable and conscientious.
Usually, bilingual classes draw more. Anyone over 50 years old who has had a green card for 20 years may take the examination in his native language.
However, all other applicants for U.S. citizenship must display a minimal knowledge of English. The examination is given orally in English with a dictated written sentence. Is this language requirement for U.S. citizenship asking too much? I think not. Having questioned students from all over the world, I have not found another country as lenient as the United States in this aspect.