Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, July 29, 2020   [open pdf - 312MB]

This is the July 29, 2020 hearing on 'Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,' held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship of the Committee on the Judiciary. House of Representatives. From the opening statement of Zoe Lofgren: "Since January of 2017, we have watched this Administration strip away USCIS' service-oriented mission and eradicate commonsense policies that improve agency efficiency. Instead, the Administration has implemented countless new policies that add bureaucratic red tape, increase costs, and restrict and reduce immigration channels. As is often the case today, the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has exposed this mismanagement. Now, absent funding from Congress, 13,400 USCIS employees face the threat of furlough just 1 month from now. Agency officials have proposed repaying appropriated funds by imposing an additional 10 percent surcharge on all requests for immigration benefits. The Agency blames its financial crisis on reduced filings during the COVID pandemic. While this reduction in filings contributed to the crisis, USCIS was well on its way to insolvency long before the COVID-19 hit our shores. [...] Since 2016, the Agency has added about 5,000 new employees while hiking fees to pay for the added salary cost. [...] The Agency is forcing customers to not only shoulder the cost of misguided management and policy choices but to pay even more for slower services. [...] Additionally, even as USCIS cites the drop in filings as the cause of its troubles, the Administration continues to take actions to restrict immigration further driving USCIS revenues into the ground." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph Edlow, Sharvari Dalal-Dheini, Michael Knowles, Doug Rand, and Jessica Vaughan.

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