There are reactions coming from immigration advocates and lawyers like Nada Sater who have expressed their concerns about their conviction that the US government will be “creating a bigger catastrophe” if it executes its plans to close nearly twenty-four US Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in different parts of the world permanently.
Sater, who is based in Miami told NBC News that this move will affect refugees and military servicemen who are applying for a citizenship status as well as the family reunification program.
The immigration agency, on Tuesday, said that it was already conducting preliminary discussions to move the workloads in its international offices to the US.
According to officials at the agency, by closing down the field offices in other countries, the US will be able to save money running in the millions every year.
But Sater argues that saving this money which she referred to as ‘bottom-line dollars will backfire at the US.
At the Democratic National Committee, (DNC) Enrique Gutierrez and John Santos, both media directors at the DNC , in a statement, said the excuse given by the Trump administration that this move will serve to minimize government spending does not make any meaning because the USCIS has its primary source of funding from people who use its services.
Citizenship and Immigration Services which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, at the moment is in control of 23 foreign offices scattered all over Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
The foreign offices usually handle issues bothering on international adoptions and other related tasks including assisting US citizens who have a non-citizen relative they want to bring into the country. They also are responsible for responding to all family visa requests, refuse applications and overseas citizens applications.
Statistics from the American Immigration Lawyers Association show that the overall average time it took to process a case of immigration had improved by 91% since 2014.
Backlog of adjudications doubled from last year
Records from last year show that the backlog of pending adjudications doubled from 1 million to about 2.3 million which is the current statistics.
These international offices are expected to begin to close by next year.
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