Identifying Barriers Across U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Benefits and Services; Request for Public Input

By Robert Law on May 20, 2021

President Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 14012, “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans”, which in part, directed relevant federal agencies to “identify barriers that impede access to immigration benefits and fair, efficient adjudications of these benefits.” Critically, the EO does not define "barriers", but recent actions by the Biden administration suggest that any aspect of immigration law they dislike is considered a "barrier". In an unusual move, USCIS published a "request for public input" to solicit ideas from the public about these barriers. The Center provided the following contribution which (1) emphasized that caps, requests for evidence, screening and vetting, and reasonable processing times are not barriers; and (2) reminded USCIS that the key stakeholder it should consider when developing immigration policy is the American people.

Download comment