Law Offices of Dennis M. Clare, PSC
This is an Advertisement
Call For A Confidential Consultation:

USCIS changes its mission statement

Immigration Services

Immigrants have many reasons for coming to America. They may be in search of better jobs, better opportunities for their children or a place of refugee from their war-torn or oppressive homeland. Therefore, when the federal government makes any changes to its policies regarding immigration, these should be carefully noted by those in Kentucky and nationwide.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is the federal entity that grants immigrants visas and approves immigrants for naturalization. The agency recently made changes to its mission statement. Previously, the mission statement included language stating that America is a "nation of immigrants." Now the mission statements states that the USCIS "administers the nation's lawful immigration system." In addition, with regards to visa applicants, these individuals will no longer be referred to as "customers" as they were in the previous mission statement.

According to the director of the USCUS, the mission statement was updated so that it defined the role the USCIS has with regards to lawful immigration in a clear and straightforward way. The director also stated that the updated mission statement reflected the commitment the agency has to the American people.

Those opposed to these changes believe that America was built by immigrants, and that the new language dehumanizes refugees and immigrants. Proponents of the changes believe these changes show that the agency will first and foremost serve U.S. citizens and the interests of our nation.

As of 2017, approximately 20 percent of immigrants worldwide reside in the United States. In 2016, this accounted to 13.5 percent of the entire population of the United States. Therefore, any changes to policy or missions in the agencies processing those seeking U.S. permanent residency should be carefully monitored. It is important that immigrants' rights are upheld, and that those seeking citizenship are able to do so.

Source: USA Today, "America is no longer a 'nation of immigrants'," Kim Hjelmgaard and Alan Gomez, Feb. 23, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location:

745 W. Main Street, Suite 250
Louisville, KY 40202

Toll Free: 888-364-0726
Phone: 502-410-3861
Fax: 502-587-6400
Louisville Law Office Map