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Policy Changes and Processing Delays at 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, First Session, July 16, 2019   [open pdf - 125MB]

This is the July 16, 2019 hearing on "Policy Changes and Processing Delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services," held before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Zoe Lofgren: "Record high case backlogs and policy changes that make it harder to obtain immigration benefits are extremely important matters that deserve careful attention. These are profound problems that have a direct impact on countless individuals, families, students, business, and other entities, such as hospitals and research institutions. I am sure that others on this Subcommittee will agree when I say that we hear about these issues from constituents on an almost daily basis. Although USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] has struggled with processing delays and backlogs since its creation, the agency reports that the current net backlog, as of April 2019, stands at more than 2.4 million cases. [...] This hearing will provide an opportunity to dig deeper into these stories and examine how USCIS processing delays impact everyday people. We will also explore with our first panel of witnesses what is causing these delays and how USCIS plans to bring processing times back down to reasonable levels." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Donald Neufeld, Michael Valverde, Michael Hoefer, Marketa Lindt, Jill Marie Bussey, Eric Cohen, and Jessica Vaughan.

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