Trump Chooses Politics & Ideology over Public Health and Safety Every Time Max Boot’s newest syndicated column describes how the Trump administration “is not letting the coronavirus crisis go to waste … in the name of protecting America from the coronavirus, Trump has been able to achieve a xenophobe’s dream.” According to Pili Tobar, Deputy… Continue »

No, the Pandemic Did NOT Drive USCIS into Over $1 Billion Debt; the Trump Administration Did   On Friday, Hamed Aleaziz of BuzzFeed reported that the acting head of USCIS sent an email to staff stating that without an infusion of $1.2 billion from Congress and a 10% surcharge on all applications, USCIS “will exhaust… Continue »

A recording of the call is available here  Earlier today, former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials gathered on a press call to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the immigrant community. DHS has largely prioritized the President’s tough stance against immigrants and immigration over measures to protect the health of immigrants and… Continue »

Originally published June 7, 2019; last updated September 18, 2019 Ken Cuccinelli is a former Virginia attorney general and the current Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He is an anti-immigrant extremist who is prone to dangerous and disgusting rhetoric immigrants. He once compared immigration to pest control, saying that Washington, D.C.’s… Continue »

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee held a hearing entitled, “Policy Changes and Processing Delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,” which highlighted a quiet, though insidious, issue brewing at the agency charged with timely processing of immigration requests paid for exclusively by fees charged to users. Like the refugee crisis… Continue »

“I’m worried this is just another example of the Trump administration making a decision first and then dealing with the consequences later.” — Ur Jaddou, DHS Watch In an article for ThinkProgress, Rebekah Entralgo reports U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) announcement that it “plans to shutter all of its 23 field offices across 20… Continue »

In a new piece for Politico, Ted Hesson takes a hard look at USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna, who has been quietly but aggressively carrying out Trump’s immigration policies and serving as an integral part of the administration’s plan to turn the admissions and benefits arm of the immigration system into an enforcement-focused component. Meet… Continue »

Why it Matters Even More Than Others Who Made Similar Comments Buzzfeed reported on Saturday that a “US Army director recently offered a job as deputy director of the federal agency that oversees immigration applications [USCIS] made anti-Muslim statements and posts on Facebook in recent years.”  In a statement to Buzzfeed, a USCIS spokesman said… Continue »

FAIR's Hold their feet to the fire event is coming up.

Today, a coinciding of two events underscored the influence anti-immigrant extremists have on the Trump Administration — specifically those tied to John Tanton, a well-known white supremacist whose shadowy network of influence has reached all the way to the White House. First, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) held an event at National Press Club… Continue »

Traditionally, USCIS is in charge of granting applications for legal immigration status, while ICE enforces immigration law, including orders related to deportation. These two functions have generally been kept distinct. The idea is that someone with a chance to confirm their legal status should be able to do so generally without fear that a negative… Continue »