The Trump Administration creates yet another obstacle for U.S. Immigrants.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic the Trump Administration has persisted with its assault on immigration. From plans to temporarily suspend immigration over fears of spreading the virus, to targeting international students, the current pandemic has not stopped the president from pursuing his outlandish agenda. Furthermore, the administration’s announcement just last month to prevent foreign workers from filling 525,000 jobs could hurt the U.S. economic recovery rather than help it. 

But it doesn’t stop there. The administration is now going after people who are in the United States legally. Many have been here for several years. In an attempt to turn legal immigrants into undocumented immigrants, the administration is cutting back on the printing of the documents immigrants need to prove their lawful U.S status such as Alien Registration Receipt cards often referred to as “green cards” and employment authorization cards (EADs) or “work permits.” Without these essential documents, immigrants are often unable to join in many components of American life. What’s more, this creates barriers for these individuals by not being able to work or worse, provide evidence they are in the United States legally. 

So why is this happening?

For one thing, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is having extensive budgeting issues.  Due to its own fiscal mishandling, the USCIS has been on track towards financial devastation for years. However, the real cause of this budget crisis is the administration’s mindful decision to alter USCIS to be another enforcement agency. Rather than fulfilling its congressionally mandated mission of customer service, the administration has turned the agency into an inefficient place riddled with barriers to immigration.     

The most recent example of USICS mismanagement followed the administration’s decision to produce “green cards” and other authorization documents in-house. USCIS has been unable to keep pace with the high demand and the cut in production of these critical documents has caused the backlog of an estimated 50,000 “green cards” and 75,000 work permits. Therefore, the disorder caused by poor leadership has left hundreds of thousands of people without the necessary documents to support themselves.  

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