Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Immigration Questions

So I'm filling out a permanent residency questionnaire, and after the expected questions of whether I plan to practice polygamy or engage in acts of terrorism I encounter the following question:

"Have you EVER been a member of, or in any way affiliated with, the Communist Party or any other totalitarian party?"

That sounds kind of weird. Juan Goytisolo, the greatest Spanish writer of the XXth century, was a member of the Communist party. So were Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Theodore Dreiser, Dashiell Hammett, Slavoj Žižek, the list can go on forever. 

I wonder if Immigration services are planning to do away with this remnant of the Cold War era any time soon.


cringe-all said...

that's pathetically funny! :) Interesting observation, I don't recall encountering this one though.

Immigration and Naturalization said...

hahahaha! same here