A coalition of immigration lawyers says processing delays have reached crisis levels at the federal agency that handles applications for things like visas, green cards and citizenship.
The agency says longer waits are often due to a large wave of applications.
In a new report, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) based its conclusion of a crisis at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on analysis of the agency’s own data.
AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd wrote the report and spoke during a press call. He said the long delays hurt families, vulnerable people and businesses. Boyd wants federal officials to retract recent policy changes, raise transparency, and have Congress do more oversight.
“This is more than a problem,” he said. “It’s a systemic failure.”
Citizenship and Immigration Services processes nearly 100 different kinds of applications and forms.
An agency spokesman, Michael Bars, emailed a statement responding to the report:
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