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Featured Issue: Changes in USCIS Policy Under the Trump Administration

Join AILA’s Call to Hold USCIS Accountable! This National Day of Action (NDA), hundreds of AILA members will ask Congress to increase transparency and accountability at USCIS. Join your colleagues by signing onto this letter to Congress, which will be delivered after NDA.

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Dramatic changes in USCIS policy under the Trump administration have undermined the legal immigration system that the agency was created to facilitate. Just one evidence of this change is a quote from USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “First of all, I see USCIS as a vetting agency, not a benefits agency,” Cuccinelli told Fox News in an interview near the Texas-Mexico border in 2019. “We have benefits that we give when people meet legal thresholds but it’s on them to prove they’ve done it and it’s our job to make sure those are going to people who have in fact met those thresholds, and we’re protecting America by screening people trying to come in and stay here a long time,” he said.

This webpage provides key updates, analysis, media coverage, and other resources that bring the nature and destructive impacts of these changes into relief. The page also highlights how members and the public can join AILA in holding USCIS accountable for failing its statutory mission—a failure causing hardship to families, vulnerable populations, and U.S. businesses around the country. Through this accountability initiative, AILA strives for a service-oriented, fair, and efficient USCIS—the one that Congress envisioned and the public deserves.

How You Can Join AILA in Holding USCIS Accountable / H.R. 5971: The Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020 / 2019 Congressional Hearing on USCIS Processing Delays / USCIS and the "Invisible Wall" / USCIS's Ongoing Transformation into an Immigration Enforcement Agency / Harmful Impacts on U.S. Businesses of H-1B and Other Policy Changes / Crisis-Level Processing Delays / Non-Military Deferred Action Requests at Field Offices / Harmful Impacts on U.S. Military and Veterans / "Notice to Appear" Policy / H-4 Work Authorization / Denaturalization / Public Charge / F, J, M Visa Policy / Deportation "Traps" / RFE/NOID Policy / Additional Resources

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How You Can Join AILA in Holding USCIS Accountable

H.R. 5971: The Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020

2019 Congressional Hearing on USCIS Processing Delays

During a House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship hearing entitled, “Processing Delays and Policy Changes at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,” AILA President Marketa Lindt testified that misguided USCIS policies are core drivers of the agency’s crisis-level case processing delays. View her testimony and related resources below.

USCIS and the "Invisible Wall"

USCIS's Ongoing Transformation into Immigration Enforcement Agency

Harmful Impacts on U.S. Businesses of H-1B and Other USCIS Policy Changes

Crisis-Level Processing Delays

Non-Military Deferred Action Requests at Field Offices

Harmful Impacts on U.S. Military and Veterans

"Notice to Appear" Policy

H-4 Work Authorization

Denaturalization

Public Charge

F, J, M Visa Policy

Deportation "Traps"

RFE/NOID Policy

Additional Resources

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19022633.