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Third gender option on US immigration form sparks outrage

Some conservatives referenced how the announcement was made on April Fool's Day.

Published: April 2, 2024 11:36am

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is adding a third-gender option to its Application for Naturalization in a decision that sparked online outrage from conservatives. 

The application, known as Form N-400, traditionally has allowed prospective U.S. citizens to state whether they are "Male (M)" or "Female (F)" and the agency announced Monday that the new form will include the option "X," which is defined as "Another Gender Identity."

Applicants who have a pending form that they filed before April 1, 2024, are able to request to update their gender as well. 

The decision sparked outrage from conservatives, some of whom referenced how the announcement was made on April Fool's Day.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Dan Bishop posted on X, formerly Twitter: "Biden's bureaucracy is laser-focused on protecting Americans, I see. 🙄 And before you ask - the post wasn't an April Fools joke."

Former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy wrote: "The current priority of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services isn’t to fix the mass illegal immigration crisis. It’s to introduce 'a third gender option' on their forms. Can’t make this stuff up."

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said: "To further undermine national security and push the transgender extremist agenda, Biden regime won't require foreign nationals seeking citizenship to disclose their actual biological sex."

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is not the only federal agency to allow X as a gender option.

The State Department has been allowing U.S. citizens to choose "X" as their gender on passports instead of "Male" or "Female" since 2022.

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