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Trump Administration Policies Creating and Exacerbating USCIS Backlog and Processing Delays

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 reading »

Immigration 101: Who is Ken Cuccinelli, Trump’s Pick to Lead USCIS

Ken Cuccinelli is an anti-immigrant extremist who once compared immigration to pest control and has a history of anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT positions. He’s a former state Senator, a former Attorney General for Virginia, a failed gubernatorial candidate, and hasn’t really been relevant since 2013. Yet Donald Trump wants him to run the U.S. Citizenship and … Continue reading »

ThinkProgress: Trump wants to close international immigration offices. The ramifications are significant.

“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 reading »

ICYMI: Politico: “The Man Behind Trump’s ‘Invisible Wall’”

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 reading »

USCIS Deputy Director Appointment Who Made Anti-Muslim Remarks

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 reading »

As Events This Week Prove, Anti-Immigrant Hate Groups Are in Control With the Trump Administration

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 reading »

USCIS Methodically Transforming Itself From Immigration Benefit Agency to an ICE Deportation Feeder Operation

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 reading »

ICYMI: USCIS Director Nominee Lee Francis Cissna’s Long Held Anti-Immigrant Views

As Lee Francis Cissna testifies this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his nomination for USCIS Director, Marcelo Rochabrun of ProPublica has an important investigative report that explores Cissna’s role in amplifying anti-immigrant messages and policy as an advisor to Senator Chuck Grassley, and his ties to anti-immigrant organizations and SPLC-labeled hate groups, including … Continue reading »