In response to the AILA Survey, Sen. Booker stated publicly for the first time that he supports reforms to ensure that USCIS upholds its service-oriented mission to adjudicate immigration benefits in a fair and timely fashion. When asked how he would accomplish this, he responded:
In addition to pursuing his misguided border wall, and attempting to institute a bigoted Muslim Ban, this president has also sought to undermine our legal immigration system. The USCIS is intended to be a service-oriented immigration benefits agency focused on the administration of benefit applications, but the current administration has instead re-directed its efforts to serve as yet another immigration enforcement agency. The consequences have been dire--USCIS case processing times have increased by 46 percent from 2016 to 2018.
As president, I will eliminate the un-American 'public charge' rule, that restricts immigrant families from accessing critical benefits like food stamps or Medicaid--and burdens USCIS by forcing every green card applicant to appear for an in-person interview. We need to restore the purpose and mission statement of the USCIS to be a service-oriented immigration benefits agency.Read More