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Democrats Press Citizenship and Immigration Services on Backlog and Potential Office Closures

Democrats Press Citizenship and Immigration Services on Backlog and Potential Office Closures

The current immigration backlog stands at over 2.3 million, with case processing times rising to 33 months. The processing time rose significantly at the onset of the Trump administration, despite lower rates of new cases. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquín Castro (D-TX) wants U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to explain why. Castro and 81 Democratic colleagues earlier this week sent a letter to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the U.S., to direct the GAO to thoroughly examine the backlog and work with USCIS to process immigration cases more quickly. “Processing delays for applications and immigration benefits have reached crisis-levels and these delays are hurting families and businesses that depend on timely adjudications. We are alarmed by reports that USCIS is adjudicating cases at an increasingly slow pace compared to previous years,” the members wrote. And that’s not the only Democrat-led effort targeting USCIS. Representatives Chuy García (D-IL), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY) last week teamed up to introduce the Preserving Overseas Immigration Services Act, legislation to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from closing USCIS offices overseas without the consent of Congress. The trio introduced the bill in response to the Trump administration’s announcement in March that it aimed to close nearly two dozen USCIS field offices around the world, reportedly to save money. “The Trump Administration will stop at nothing to make it harder for immigrants to come to the United States legally,” Espaillat said, adding that the closures would further slow refugee processing, family reunification petitions, and military citizenship applications -- adding to the already significant backlog. García added, “Closing USCIS offices overseas is simply a veiled attempt to reduce legal immigration and another example of President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.”

More on CHC Chair Joaquín Castro’s letter here.


More on the bill introduced by García, Espaillat, and Rice here.

Barack Obama Announces Unity Fund

Barack Obama Announces Unity Fund

Andy Kim Wants to Cut the Red Tape for Small Business Owners 

Andy Kim Wants to Cut the Red Tape for Small Business Owners