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USCIS Statement Throws Constitution Out the Window

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On June 19th 2020, USCIS issued a “Statement” in regard to the Supreme Courts’ decision on DACA. The statement called out the Supreme Court, saying that the high court’s decision “has no basis in law” and then follows with other legal conjectures and conclusions which demonstrate an alarming and improper bias at a government agency.

They made it pretty clear that their leadership had a total disregard and a lack of respect for the foundations of our judicial system. In fact, USCIS blatantly ignored the fact that the Supreme Court rejected their claim that the DACA was an illegal program.

USCIS was created after 9/11 to be the adjudicatory arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  USCIS  mission statement: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.”

USCIS Statement on Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

But, on June 19th, it seems as though their mission went out the window when USCIS posted about DACA and how the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, handled the case.  USCIS’s mission is to administer the law and specifically to “efficiently and fairly adjudicate requests for immigration benefits” as stated in its mission statement.  But here USCIS was out of line by trying to declare what is or is not legal, which the Supreme Court will always have the final word on anyway.

It is not up to USCIS to determine which programs or applications they will or will not adjudicate.  The June 19th statement amounts to not only inappropriate bluster, but it further undermines the agency’s waning integrity by evincing clear bias and politicized motivations.

No one will argue that our system doesn’t need reform.  In fact, USCIS is overworked, under-resourced, and in dire need of Congressional intervention. However, the fact the agency needs reform doesn’t mean it can cast aside its responsibility to serve as a fair and impartial agency. Perhaps now more than ever, government institutions must strive to restore the faith of Americans in the integrity of government.

This latest political tirade by a spokesperson at USCIS makes it all the more clear that Congress must pass the Case Backlog and Transparency Act of 2020 which would ensure much-needed accountability at the agency and send a clear message that Congress and the Judiciary are equal branches of government as our Constitution dictates.

Source: Stooping to A New Low – USCIS Statement Throws Constitution Out the Window

 

EB-5 (Immigrant Investor) Filings Drop to Seven a Month vs. 10,000 a Year

The scandal-plagued immigrant investor (EB-5) program has hit a new low.

The ceiling on the number of visas is 10,000 a year, yet in the first three months of 2020, there were exactly 21 applications filed. In the same period one year earlier, the total number of applications was 1,808.

EB-5 is the program that rewards an alien investor with a family-sized batch of green cards when the investor plunks down a suitable amount in a DHS-identified, but not guaranteed, investment. The stake is usually in a 1 percent a year de facto loan in urban real estate. Big city developers love getting money at this rate.

There have been a large number of instances in which U.S.-based middlemen have cheated, or sought to cheat, the alien investors, as we have reported from time to time.

One of the main reasons for the recent sharp fall in the number of would-be investors is because, in November of last year, DHS upped the minimum ante (after 25 years of not doing so) from $500,000 to $900,000. The same set of regulations also narrowed the definition of areas that could be invested in, eliminating at least some of the prosperous areas that had formerly been used for most of these investments via a sort of gerrymandering.

Read about USCIS’s 5-5-million-applications-pending

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Biden admits historic low number of refugees, outside of Afghan evacuees

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According to this article on ABC News, by Conor Finnegan

“With the fall of the Afghan government, the Biden administration has so far brought roughly 60,000 Afghans to the U.S., with plans for tens of thousands more to arrive in the next year.

But those high numbers belie a broken refugee resettlement program that has been struggling to bring new refugees to the U.S. — and now, new data shows just how bad the situation is.

In the 2021 fiscal year — from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30 of this year — the U.S. admitted its lowest number of refugees in the program’s over 40-year history: just 11,411, according to newly released State Department data.

That means that in the last year, including President Joe Biden’s first nine months, the U.S. resettled fewer refugees than former President Donald Trump’s final full fiscal year, when 11,814 total refugees were admitted. Biden had pledged to admit up to 62,500 refugees during his young term, while Trump’s administration took several steps to dismantle the refugee resettlement program and bring admissions to a halt.”

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Senator Bennet urges DHS and USCIS to waive Afghan Humanitarian Parole application fees

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According to this article on Fox 21 News, by Dani Birzer

“WASHINGTON— Senator Michael Bennet is urging the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ur Mendoza Jaddou to implement a blanket waiver on fees for Afghans applying for humanitarian parole to come to the U.S.

Afghans applying for humanitarian parole from outside of the United States pay $575 for their application to be processed. This amount has proven to be a significant barrier in the application process.

“Given the extreme financial hardship and immediate danger facing Afghans fleeing to the United States, we urge you to implement a blanket waiver on fees for Afghans and their families when they apply for humanitarian parole into the United States, and we ask that you issue guidance for applicants and attorneys who are filing for this status,” wrote Bennet and several fellow colleagues.”

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Fauci Says Immigrants Are ‘Absolutely Not’ Driving Covid-19 Surge: ‘Let’s Face Reality Here’

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According to this article on Forbes, by Alison Durkee

“Dr. Anthony Fauci slammed a belief popular among Republicans and the unvaccinated that immigrants are to blame for the U.S.’s Covid-19 transmission, as reported in a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll, saying Sunday the issue is “within our country” and is not because of immigrants or tourists bringing the coronavirus from other countries.”

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