The country of Switzerland is following common sense when it comes to citizenship. America needs to take a page out of their book.
The Swiss are denying citizenship to anyone who refuses to adhere to their culture. This makes sense; if you refuse to participate in a country’s beliefs as best you can, then you should go to the country you’re most comfortable in, via USA Today.
The most recent example of this policy is when the Swiss denied the applications of two Muslim girls who had refused to take swimming lessons with boys even though it was part of their school curriculum.
The girls are between the ages of 12 and 14 and live in the city of Basel. They claimed it was against their religion to swim at the same time with males. Because the girls did not follow the school curriculum, they cannot be citizens.
“Whoever doesn’t fulfill these conditions violates the law and therefore cannot be naturalized,” said Stefan Wehrle, president of the naturalization committee. Liberals are sure to blow up when they hear this, but it makes a lot of sense.
The Swiss will deny citizenship for the smallest of things even if you do speak their language and have a job in their nation. One family was denied because they wore sweatpants and did not greet other citizens. It’s strict, but I think it is fair.
Another example was when two Muslim boys would not shake hands with their teacher. This is a common sign of respect in Switzerland, and so the boys were denied citizenship. If the Swiss’s mind, if you refuse to be Swiss first and foremost, then you don’t get to be at all.
In this country, integration into its society is much more important than merely learning facts about the country. Applicants for citizenship have to prove they are part of the community and respect the country’s traditions.
Switzerland does not approve applications on a national scale but on a local scale. Villages and cities determine whether or not individuals are ideal community members. And this doesn’t just affect Muslims either.
In 2014, an American man named Irving Dunn was denied citizenship because he couldn’t name any of his neighbors or friends in the area. The country wants you to actually be a member of your community and to contribute. If you don’t, then you don’t deserve to be there.
I think America should set similar standards. New citizens need to be dedicated to being part of this nation. They need to care about us to become a part of We the People.
You should know your neighbors and integrate into our society because you’re choosing to live here. That’s what all people should do if they choose to live in a different country. Switzerland has a handle on its naturalization process, and America should really follow suit.