Serial No. 96: Families and Businesses in Limbo: The Detrimental Impact of the Immigration Backlog: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, June 17 and 23, 2004   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of John N. Hostettler: "Today, the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims will examine a quite different subject from our last oversight hearing. Instead of reviewing the tools needed to combat illegal human smuggling into the United States, we will examine the plight of those legal immigrants working through the immigration and petition process and those seeking to naturalize. Those aliens who follow the law and dutifully apply for immigration status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, should not be stranded in legal limbo while waiting for the 6.2 million petition backlog to be cleared... Many critics have placed the blame on USCIS tardiness in increasing fees to match requirements. Others point to bureaucratic and needless paper exercises, such as returns for evidence in the petition process. Still others point to 'over-funded and underperforming' data systems to help manage work flow. To solve these problems, the President has set a goal to reduce the backlog by fiscal year 2006 to a no-longer-than-6-months response time on immigration petitions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John N. Hostettler, Sheila Jackson Lee, Steve King, Zoe Lofgren, Linda T. Sánchez, Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., Prakash Khatri, Elizabeth Espin Stern, Paul Zulkie, and Anthony D. Weiner.

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