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16 August 2011

A Nation of Laws and a Nation of Immigrants

Posted by Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

This is part of a series of blog posts exploring the progress we have made in implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations.

Respecting and celebrating our tradition as a nation of immigrants strengthens our communities and helps ensure that people of diverse backgrounds share in the rights and freedoms guaranteed under our Constitution.

Every day, the dedicated men and women of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ensure that deserving immigrants receive the benefits for which they are eligible under our nation’s laws.  This same dedicated workforce protects the integrity of our nation’s immigration system and helps ensure the system is not abused by those who wish to do our nation harm.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, USCIS was created as part of a new national homeland security enterprise to confront and defend against the evolving threats we face and to make America more resilient when a crisis occurs.  Its creation was premised upon the basic tenet that for our immigration system to work, we must be able to protect our national security. 

Through USCIS’s enhanced efforts to protect national security, USCIS can more effectively screen for security threats while efficiently processing legitimate benefits for people rightfully coming to the United States.  To that end, USCIS has taken and continues to take steps responsive to the 9/11 Commission Report’s recommendations.  In our efforts, for example, to combat immigration fraud:
  • We redesigned the Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as the Green Card, to include a radio frequency identification tag that allows Customs and Border Protection to quickly access the electronic records of travelers seeking to enter the United States and includes new security features that reduce the risks of counterfeiting, tampering, and fraud.
  • We redesigned the Certificate of Naturalization, utilizing a tamper-proof printing process and embedding digitized photos and signatures.
  • We added a machine-readable zone to the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to make it easier for border control officers to more efficiently identify people who have already been approved for immigration benefits and who have been reviewed previously by USCIS officers.
  • We have enhanced our partnership with the Forensic Document Laboratory which is dedicated exclusively to detecting fraudulent documents. As a result, we can better identify fake documents used to seek immigration benefits.
We also have enhanced our sharing of information with key federal partners:
  • Dozens of our Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers are aligned with local FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTFFs) to coordinate resources and provide immigration expertise to federal government agencies in support of terrorism investigations. 
  • Our FDNS officers furnish support to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Terrorist Screening Center, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s National Security Unit.
  • We regularly exchange information with US-VISIT related to refugee claimants under existing data-sharing agreements with foreign-government partners.
Our efforts reflect our commitment to oversee lawful immigration to the United States by strengthening the security and integrity of our nation’s immigration system while providing effective customer-oriented immigration benefit and information services.

You can read more about the Department’s efforts to implement the 9/11 Commission report’s recommendations here.

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At August 16, 2011 at 4:39:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/11 Commission Report, released in July 2004. Only took seven years, why the rush? LOL

 
At August 16, 2011 at 4:49:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must get rid of the illegles, they must go and stat the corrct process, That must be done to save our cuntry taht we take so much pride into. OBAMA is casing major probles the only thing he cares about is votes. Our country is going down hime very very fast, we must stop this form happening. IT MUST BE STOPPED. It is vwery true thaqt the illegal are in foact stealing fro us. it is not right, we in the long rune take this into our own hands.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 4:50:00 PM EDT , Blogger Valuablezero said...

I beleive that not only me but also everybody in America want peace and security. Everybody worship to same God but we Call HIM in our mother language with different names. We need to bring harmony,understanding and respect in this country of ours. God bless America and all her wel wishers.Amen

 
At August 16, 2011 at 5:08:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Mayorkas,

Is there a process in place by your Office to expedite approvals/granting of permanent residency to employment-based applications?

I have lived in several "first" world countries, and frankly it has been very disappointing to note that my application for a green is taking more than 5 years and I havent received the card yet. When I was in Singapore, I got my permanent residency within a year after application. Now that's what I call efficient.

To be honest, prior to the standardization of your homeland security and immigration checks, the length of time for your department to issue a green card has affected a lot of us with families still on our countries. I myself couldn't go home to my mother's funeral because the provisions weren't very reassuring as to coming back to the US with only a Parole Document and EAD.

With due respect, this should be an area of concern, considering that we are legally here, paid taxes and have contributed to skills transfer to American citizens.

Thanks,

Patient Green card applicant

 
At August 16, 2011 at 5:19:00 PM EDT , Blogger patricia oviedo said...

VERY GOOD.......BUT I HAVE A QUESTION....WHY WHY THIS YEAR THE VISA BULLETIN HAS TAKEN SOOOOO LONG THEY HAVE JUST PLACED MAY/04 EVERY SINGLE MONTH SINCE APRIL...AND MANY PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR THEIR INTERVIEWS....THIS YEAR HAS BEEN AWFUL..;.SKLIPPING FROM 06 IN DECEMBER/1- TO 01/05 IN JAN...FEB...AND MARCH/11...PLEASE HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP US THAT ARE WAITING....PLEASE

 
At August 16, 2011 at 5:28:00 PM EDT , Blogger szshark said...

Director Mayorkas:

Your hands-on proactive leadership has uniquely bridged the difficult challenge of optimizing adjudication and issuance of benefits while protecting our great country from those who seek to harm it. As an immigration attorney, I see the fruits of your efforts every day as do all in NYC and NJ. You have made the National Benefits Center lead well.
Wishing you best of luck as you take the agency to the world of Transformation which will much further help in keeping us secure.
Keep up the great work and G-d bless you in doing so.
Sheldon Zelig

 
At August 16, 2011 at 5:51:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To much spending at high levels wasting taxpayers money. The department needs to streamline it's priorities wasting money and time on terrorists when dealing with basic family immigrations like everyone is a an extremist or terrorist its simply not the case. The spending is out of control. The USCIS fees are way to high to cover a inflated budget to get more money each year. This is Congress and our legislations fault.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 5:54:00 PM EDT , Blogger Zamana said...

Good job USCIS, but as always you are not addressing the issues ==> you have millions of people including myself waiting for ages for the so called priority date (5 years for me but i seen people waiting over 10 years) Please try to be human next time

 
At August 16, 2011 at 6:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrorist, or potental terrorists, not yet on the radar, have the wide-open ability to hide among 8 million working illegals, thanks to a directive telling or letting ICE use "prosecutorial discretion" giving 19 excuses to release them back out onto our streets!!

And with 14-25 million of our unemployed unable to find a job, that gives terrorists the ability to recruit them!! If you want my number, leave yours on here and I will call you.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 6:44:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A nation of laws and "Americans".... and maybe immigrants, if we can afford the resources and space. We have not had a surplus of the later, in over 50 years. Illegal immigration needs to be REVERSED! Legal immigration needs to be cut back by, at least 90%. For the few immigrants we do accept, we need to be HIGHLY selective. I given 3 jobs, and countless dollars, in support of immigrants and their children. I have no more to give!

 
At August 16, 2011 at 6:46:00 PM EDT , Blogger rk said...

Good to see all of these precautions being taken.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 7:05:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job ! But nothing will impress me more than making the process go a little faster for people to get responses! Come on it's causing lots of inconveniences despite the huge fees they pay.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 7:07:00 PM EDT , Blogger Dr Surendar said...

I support the steps taken to enhance security.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 9:17:00 PM EDT , OpenID durgeshbhat said...

Utilizing the advancement of technology to better such processes to reduce inconvenience to the immigrants and the enforcement officers is very good move towards understanding immigration issues and providing a sense of security to the citizen. I am looking forward to all the processes of immigration. Its like adding value to the people who add value to this country.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 9:29:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great step forward that USCIS has done for the security of the nation has been the outstanding expanded efforts at assisting in the integration of new immigrant and refugee groups through the expansion ofcommunity relations programs that work with community organizations, and theimplementation of a citizenship education and immigrant integration programthat helps new immigrants feel welcome in the United States, keeps them fromfalling victim to scams, and helps them to learn English and the principles of US government. Projection of this kind of "soft power" keeps jaded and at-risk immigrants from becoming alientated in their adopted homeland andaccidentally falling in with gangs or other terroristic groups or into poverty,and therefore also deserves mention in this blog. An accessible governmentagency that is involved directly in the community with the people it servesdelivers a powerful message to new immigrant and refugee arrivals, and theseefforts should be applauded. USCIS is, in most instances, the first governmentagency that new Americans will encounter on a face to face basis, and possiblythe only Federal agency new immigrants will ever directly engage with, andtherefore in regards to endearing new immigrants to the principles of theConstitution and the American republic, direct engagement and support ofintegration programs is essential to security. USCIS efforts to expand community outreach over the last few years should be applauded and integration efforts further expanded. If there is one thing that stands out during the Mayorkas leadership of USCIS it is the dedication to making USCIS a full participant in immigrant communities and transforming USCIS from a faceless and feared Federal agency to one that is beloved, at least in those areas that are blessed with enlightened local leadership who are dedicated to the public service.

Aliens are not inherently a threat to national security; however a government that alienates any person increases exponentially the threat of senseless violence.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 10:34:00 PM EDT , Anonymous maulesh said...

Very Good

 
At August 16, 2011 at 10:57:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a breakthrough in US governance specifically on peace and security. congratulations! for a job well done. This is a win-win solution both the immigrants and the state.

 
At August 16, 2011 at 11:18:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please review existing laws related to pending green cards on EB3 category and make make some study research to find out is thre any flaws with the current law that keeping so many pending approvals with lot of years back dated for example currently India is with backdated June 2002 applicants..This will help more talent resides within US and there by increasing more economic stability.

 
At August 17, 2011 at 12:24:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's wonderful to hear that "the dedicated men and women of USCIS ensure that deserving immigrants receive the benefits for which they are eligible under our nation’s laws" and that "this same dedicated workforce protects the integrity of our nation’s immigration system", but too often it seems that those who sneak in the back door are given a wink and a nod, but people who go through the official (legal) process not only pay so many high fees but then are hassled by USCIS and the foreign embassy personnel for ridiculous amounts of additional documentation and additional expensive testing. How about cutting the legal immigrants some slack?

 
At August 17, 2011 at 4:12:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS? Are you just going to turn your back on these 15,000,000 souls?

 
At August 17, 2011 at 7:31:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a great pity that under the new EB-2 , there is still no path for E-2 business owners/investors to permanet resident(green card), even though most would be able to self petition for NIW, Pursuant to INA 203(b)(2)(B), an entrepreneur does not need to have an actual job offer from a U.S. employer if he or she qualifies for a NIW. In other words, an entrepreneur may be able to petition for him or herself and fill the role of both the petitioner and beneficiary. The law provides that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security may, if he or she deems it to be in the national interest, waive the requirements that an individual’s services in the sciences, arts, professions, or business be sought by an employer in the United States,BUT STILL REQUIRES A JOB OFFER , EVEN THOUGH THEY OWN A BUSINESS AND EMPLOY U.S. CITIZENS ,makes no sense not to allow them to self petition for PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS,

 
At August 17, 2011 at 10:55:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i JUST CAME BACK FORM ECUADOR AND I HAD A DIFFICULT TIME RETURNING BECAUSE THEY FORCE ME TO GET A NATIONAL ID SINCE THEY CONSIDER ME STILL AN ECUADORIAN CITIZEN .BECAUSE OF THIS PROBLEM I RESEARCH SEVERAL LATIN AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONS AND IMMIGRARTION POLICIES AND TO MYU SURPRISE ALL OF THEM HAVE THE SAME OR MORE REQUIREMENTS AS WE DO HER , ONE OF THEM WAS THE PART ABOUT THE CRIMINAL BACKROUND OF THE ALIEN , MEANWHILE JUST RECENTLY THESE SAME COUNTRIES HAD PROTEST THE NEW ALABAMA LAW REGARDUNG ILLIGAL IMMIGRATION. ALSO THEY CALL THEIR UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE BY THE CORRECT NAME : "ILLEGAL ALIEN".
PLEASE PEOPLE WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE WE HAVE THE MOST LIBERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS IN THE CONTINENT . ALL OF THOSE LATIN AMERICNA COUNTRIES REQUIRED THAT YOU HAVE MONEY SO AS NOT TO BECOME A BURDEN TO THEIR SOCIETY , CAN ANYONE BLAME THEM ??? SO WHY DO WE HAVE CONTINUE WITH THE INSANITY ???
dO YOU KNOW ECUADOR AND MANY MORE LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES DOI NOT RECONIZED AUTOMATICALLY AS A CITIZEN A CHILD BORN IN THEIR SOIL ??

 
At August 17, 2011 at 11:01:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Paul M. Pierre said...

As one of the dedicated professionals at the loom weaving the fabric of Americana, I salute the efforts of Mr. Mayorkas and others within the leadership of this Agency to bring effective management during a very chaotic time. The Public must remember that this Agency is within the Executive branch and therefore entrusted to enforce laws, not make them. Our laws are archaic and should be modified to address global competition, looming social malaise, and family unity. I have personally talked to several elected officials within my own district and other states. The perception within Congress is that We, the constituents, want nothing to do with immigration reform. Fear, lack of knowledge, and unease about the future are the glue that helps us stick to the status quo. As I travel the world, I remain optimistic about our future as a Nation, and am convinced that reform is necessary to take us over that "Hill" unto the "Promise Land". However, much like any journey, the hill is steep and we must have the stamina to climb it. We cannot see over it, but we must harbor hope, faith, and confidence that beyond this climb is a better place. Reading the headlines and listening to the pundits, it is easy to see why today is a tough day. As Americans, who have lived through the Revolutionary war, Civil war, Universal suffrage, Slavery, Civil Rights, and still remaining standing tall and proud, we must know that our best days are ahead of us, not behind us.

God Bless America,

Paul Pierre

 
At August 17, 2011 at 11:10:00 AM EDT , Blogger heads up said...

I just can't resist sorry I have to re[post and quote this one the give my little bit of input
"At August 16, 2011 4:49:00 PM EDT , Anonymous said...
We must get rid of the illegles, they must go and stat the corrct process, That must be done to save our cuntry taht we take so much pride into. OBAMA is casing major probles the only thing he cares about is votes. Our country is going down hime very very fast, we must stop this form happening. IT MUST BE STOPPED. It is vwery true thaqt the illegal are in foact stealing fro us. it is not right, we in the long rune take this into our own hands." unquote. I just can't believe this was written by someone over 8 years old. We don't need to get "rid" of illigal Immigrants we just have to take the incentives away and that quite easy actually. America still need immigration no doubt about it. Right now all you have to do is get here and a lot of rights are afforded to you. Why doesn't adopt the goverment the "law of the blood" instead of the "Law of the Land" it basically means if the parent(s) are american (born here or naturalized) the children born here are American. If a foreigner gives birth to a child it has the nationality of their Parent if not married the nationality of the Mother. it would stop the state of confusion. if the parent becomes a naturalised citizen before the child reaches adulthood (21) it will be given american citizen ship to. Back to the quoted content above. that was so full of errors, spelling and gramatical that it makes me wonder if whoever wrote that was even American....grins

 
At August 17, 2011 at 11:54:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is my first anniversary of being a Permanent Resident. Im glad. God bless America!

 
At August 17, 2011 at 1:22:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I support your efforts in enhancing our security. What I have a problem with is the time it takes to approve a visa. I am an American born citizen; living here all my life and filed for a petition for my immigrant husband and the petition was denied a year later even with me following up with your officers very closely. I was devestated to here it was denied because they claim they didn"t have all the paper work then a week later they returned to me the papers they claimed were missing. I am also diappointed in the fact that I am expected to come up with the money to have the case investigated. Now given the financial status of the economy; how does an average person afford this. I have not seen my husband in 3 years. This very disheartening. I can not afford to travel to him and he has no visa to travel to me.

Sadly,

Three years and counting

 
At August 17, 2011 at 2:39:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a British Citizen and business owner. I opened an office in the US last year and in the first 5 months employed 4 US Citizens. However, although I am internationally qualified to perform my duties as CEO and Chief Pilot, USCIS still insists on treating me like cattle. Despite having jumped through all of the hoops provided ( for which I am not complaining) I still get second interviewed every time I come into the US from abroad, and always get asked the same question! " What is the purpose of your visit to the US"? Well, let me see, I pay Tax and run a business that employes American Citizens. The emphasis here seems to be the same old chestnut, why can't you open your business here and leave it to a US Citizen to operate? Well it's simple, they are not qualified. I have no issue with real reform and USCIS policy but please pleasenguys open your eyes. if a foreign national is trying to bring business into the country and creating Jobs, don't push them away and treat them with so much disrespect that they pull out the business and move it somewhere else. My particular business can operate anywhere in the world, I chose the US because I have large corporate clients here, but I can also do business over the telephone and the net!!

Seriously disappointed.

J

 
At August 17, 2011 at 9:22:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Mayorkas,
I have one very serious concern; why is it taking so long to get a green card through employment? I have been waiting for about 5 years now and have had to renew my work permit yearly since then.
1)Isn't there a time limit for how long people can be on the waiting list? My life has been pretty much on hold for five long years.
2) Can our work permits be renewed every 2-3 years instead of annually since the estimated wait is over 10years?
3) And why does it say online that it takes about 4 months to process a case like mine at TSC when we all know that that is false?

 
At August 17, 2011 at 11:20:00 PM EDT , Blogger Time traveller said...

Dear sir

We have been waiting for more than six years for our employment based green card.

We have paid taxes for last 10 yrs,and have become eligible for social security,but no green cards,as there is heavy backlog.

Is their any hope

 
At August 17, 2011 at 11:55:00 PM EDT , Blogger uma said...

l want to know my friend is here in u.s past 14 years paying taxes but he cant get his green card why

 
At August 18, 2011 at 6:58:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, we applaud the efforts of USCIS for implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations to protect national security and promoting legal immigration process.

However, I am a legal immigrant with USCIS apporval and paid all the fees but the visa numbers are not available since 2007 due to visa retrogression. I am just wondering, where the annual visa allocations are going these days?

I am on the queue since 2005... and more than six years for a legal immigration process is obviously embarrassing...

Kind regards,

A legal immigrant

 
At August 18, 2011 at 2:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are not Native American then you or your ancestors immigrated here. So if your stance is "immigrants should go home" you need to get over yourself. You have no right to say that unless your ancestors were already here when the white man came.

That being said, can you please get on with the business of processing the backlog of immigrants? If you didn't make the legal ones wait 6 or more years, perhaps more of the illegal ones would try to follow the legal process.

 
At August 18, 2011 at 6:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is for the second comment from top to bottom...

Hey you,
what have illegals stolen from you? HMMMMM is it your grammar.....????

 
At August 18, 2011 at 6:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI THANK YOU

 
At August 19, 2011 at 10:22:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite the effort, it is still almost impossible to find out who the ICE Officers are on detained cases. How can all the improvements only assist the government. Try having them provide phone numbers, then have them answer the phone.

 
At August 19, 2011 at 2:47:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Myokas, what can you do for people who have being in this country for over twenty(20) years with no criminal offence and have their american born children in the US and they can't get any benefits for example: Drver Licence or a Work Permit?
I have being in the US for twenty-one(21)years with no criminal records and have two children who are born in the US, ages 16 and 12. Now that school is about to open, I'm thinking, what am I going to do in other for them to be going to their before and after school activities with no transportation.
Please Sir, we want you to please consider this situation and give us some kind of benefits.
I went to college in the US, graduated in 2009 with a degree in Applied Science, Computer Progamming and now I can't get a job.
My driver licence expired and I was unable to renew it because I have no other means of valid doccument to show to the DMV since my visa had expired. Now I do not have any form of ID and I'm still struggling to get a job and to feed my children. Also I can't take them to and from their school activities.
Even if the DREAM ACT law is pass, I will not be elegible because of the time I entered the US to present.

 
At August 19, 2011 at 5:09:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS

Please clear the EB-3 India China backlogs as soon as possible. we are law abiding future citizens Please re caputre the administratively wasted immigrant visa numbers.

 
At August 19, 2011 at 7:36:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

im respectfully agree to that new process you said,sir but my family is long waiting to be a u.s. citezen.since 1994.our petition is still pending.
we already pay our visa.but until now we wait for the released.please give me undate to what happened.
we prayed for that..god bless U.S.

 
At August 19, 2011 at 8:23:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Paul M. Pierre, thank you so much for your encouraging comment. I read quite a few comments on this blog, and most of the them are so negative, no matter the topic; everyone seems to be angry and have this "blame the Agency and its employees" attitude. Thank you for pointing out that the Agency is implementing the laws, not making them. An we the people are the ones voting for the congresspersons who make the bills into laws. Once again, thank you, i really enjoyed reading it. And I can't help it either , i have to respond to the
author of the second comment from top: what does "down the hime" mean? I thought i was pretty fluent in english, but that one is out of my vocabulary.

 
At August 20, 2011 at 1:09:00 AM EDT , Anonymous offbeatmammal said...

it's nice to see reform and improvement, but the pace at which it's coming is disheartening.

I'm currently on an H-1B visa (my wife and daughter are on H-4) and we have applied for Green Card (PERM and I-140 complete) but on EB-3 we still have about 6 years to go (we've been here for 5 already).

Oh, and as for "taking jobs from Americans"... as part of labor certification we advertised as required and didn't get a single qualified applicant (months later we still have roles available so I don't feel bad about being here)

I pay taxes, English is my first language, my daughter goes to school here but without a social security number she won't be able to work in high school or college at the current pace (not being able to buy her own car seems very un-American!), and my wife's skills are depreciating with each year (and she can't contribute to a 401k). We own our house, we have a car, we rescued two dogs ... but the light at the end of the tunnel is very dim right now.

Reading in the press that 30000 illegal immigrants are about to have their cases reviewed - and in many cases get shortcuts to work permits - I am wondering if those of us trying to do things the right way are going to be further penalized.

Because we can't vote it seems that we have no voice (what happened to no taxation without representation?!) and despite America being built on a rich mix of migrants we certainly don't feel very welcome right now.

 
At August 24, 2011 at 10:41:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Director,
I believe, DHS or USCIS forgot those who left to suffer under INA 212(a)(3)(b)."Material Support Bar".
Refugee/Asylee rights does not end on the day asylum or refugee status is approved. Once here, the U.S. should make sure that refugees and asylees get the right and benefit according to the nation's law.
Rights for asylum seekers have eroded, as laws have been enacted containing provisions that threaten their rights and safety.
policies designed to bar the admission of terrorists are resulting in the denial of protection to bona fide refugees and asylum seekers, who are unfairly labeled as “terrorists” when many are in fact victims of terror.

Sir, We are penalized for the crime we didn't commit.It is hard to tell how we are hurt and humiliated. We came here legally, lived legally, abiding all rules and regulations of the country. we are not terrorist. not at all.

as you mentioned in your statement, "deserving immigrants should receive the benefits for which they are eligible under our nation’s laws", your office should review this case as quick as possible. Justice delayed.

 
At August 27, 2011 at 4:33:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First and foremost, congratulations to Director Mayorkas!

Upon reading the various comments posted on the blog, I can't help but think how pathetic the people are when it comes to demanding rights in the US. They can't even write the language correctly, how much more if they speak the English language.

Ladies and gentlemen, of course you can assert your right, but please be patient, cross your ts and dot you is first. Sabe?

 
At August 29, 2011 at 2:44:00 AM EDT , Anonymous JoeF said...

"This is for the second comment from top to bottom...

Hey you,
what have illegals stolen from you? HMMMMM is it your grammar.....????"

Thank you. You made my day :D

The only thing these antis demonstrate is their lack of education...
That's why they are out of a job, not because of illegals. But as always, they are looking for a scapegoat. They should just look in the mirror. They find the culprit right there...

 
At August 31, 2011 at 11:01:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nonsense to say that the illegals need to be taken out of the country, as we all know there are millions of them. Nonsense to say that there should be a legalization process for all of them. Instead why don't the officials come out with a smart yet effective way to make this work: the economy is bad so make every illegal pay taxes and register in the system. Then go through a selection process. BUT FIRST, please speed up the process of the "visa availability" nonsense. We are aware that the demand is greater than the supply, but you control the supply! I can only dream of the day when I won't need to check on the visa processing time......

 
At August 31, 2011 at 3:01:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear USCIS,

With EAD issued to Illegal immigrants, It will make sense if you issue a EAD to Legal immigrants as well. especially when their PERM and I140 have been approved 3-4 years ago.

 
At September 1, 2011 at 6:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear USCIS,
My application for green card was filed in 2005. My priority date is in early half of 2002(Start of green card process). Legally I am allowed to get a green card for last 6 months. I was also eligible once in 2007 for couple of month when I missed the train because USCIS would not pick up my application and I thought it was a just a stroke of bad luck. My application has seen many cities because of various memos issued by your office during last 6 years. Since I started this process, my son was not even born and now he is in 4th grade. I have raised numerous service requests and even contacted my congressman for help. My all service requests are resulting in a status that either says that my application is being actively processed or my application is "pending service consideration". It is hard to know which one is true. Anytime I call customer service, I am either blocked by telling me that I called last month so I should not be calling for x number of days or customer service starts another service request which results in the same dreaded status of "pending service consideration".
I am here for last 11 years in this country. I have filed numerous H1Bs, EADs and APs to travel and similar applications for my spouse. I would like to know what exactly USCIS is checking now that they haven't been able to in last 6 years since I filed this form. Can any one tell me what to do to get it to be adjudicate?
I do not even know which hoops to jump now.

 
At September 7, 2011 at 12:51:00 PM EDT , Anonymous LEE D.MN said...

DEAR DIRECTOR MAYORCAS,
I CONGRATULATE YOUR WHOLE TEAM FOR A GOOD PUBLIC SERVANT.
MY AMERICAN SPAUSE FILED FOR PETITION I-130 AND 1-129F BOTH ARE PENDING CASES,MY HUSBAND IS AN AMERICAN YET HE HAS A HARDSHIP ON GETTING ME IN HES OWN COUNTRY,WE ARE ENGAGED FOR 8 YEARS BEFORE HE MEET ME IN PERSON AND GET MARRIED IN MY OWN COUNTRY,NOW WE ALMOST MARRIED FOR 4 YEARS ON FEB.23,NEXT YEAR,8 YRS PLUS A 4 YEARS IT IS ALMOST 12 YEARS,IN OUR CASE IS THERE A CLUE THAT WE ARE COMMITTING INTO A FRAUD OR HUMAN TRAFFICKING?HE IS JUST AN ORDINARY PERSON,A PLUMBER,I TRUELY BELIEVED WITH ALL MY HEART THAT LIVING WITH HIM IS NO RISK,I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU GUYS ARE ONLY SECURING OF OUR OWN SAFETY AND WE THANK YOU FOR THAT,OUR CASE SHOULD NOT BE TREATEN AS ANOTHER BURDEN NOT COUNTING THAT WE ARE 8000 MILES APART,THE AIM OF THE IMMIGRATION IS TO UNITE THE FAMILY NOT TO KEPT APART, YOU GUYS ALSO HAVE A FAMILY A WIFE AND CHILDREN THAT YOU WISHES TO SEE HER/THEM EVERY DAY AFTER YOUR WORK HOUR THAT NO MATTER HOW HEAVY YOUR WORK,YOUR DAY WILL LIGHTEN IF YOU SEE YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER SHARING ALL LAUGHTER AND ALL YOUR SADNESS. HOPELY MR.DIRECTOR MAYORCAS YOU UNDERSTAND OUR SENTIMENT OR OUR EMOTION FOR THESE MATTER. I DO PRAY THAT AMERICA WILL BE BLESSED ONCE AGAIN JUST LIKE BEFORE AS AN EAGLE TO FLY HIGH LIKE HE USE TO BE,I LOVE AMERICA SINCE MY HUSBAND IS AMERICAN BUT I STILL LOVE AND NEVER FORGET MY OWN LAND THE ISLAND OF THE PHILIPPINES. GOD BLESSED AMERICA SPREAD YOUR WINGS LIKE BEFORE AND YOUL GAIN LOVE AND POWER.GOOD LUCK.

 
At September 8, 2011 at 2:19:00 AM EDT , Blogger cancer69 said...

Director Mayorcas:

Sir,

I am waiting for my visa number or priority date. I need to be reunited with my parents. Beause they were already very old and sick.

I want to be with them, I want to see them, and I want to say I LOVE YOU to them, personally. Before its too late.

We all know that people will pass, and i want to be with them in their old days.

Please do give a glance at my priority date SEPTEMBER 18, 2006.

Again, sir, I am knocking at your good heart to please help me facilitate my immigrant visa and be with my parents, so that I can be with them before its too late...

Thank you and more power.

 
At September 11, 2011 at 11:49:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Alejandro Mayorkas,

Sir I was fortunate to meet you at an 'open house' in Portland OR, one of your many efforts to bring transparency and offer opportunities for immigrants to learn more and get answers to questions on their case(s) for example. I did receive my green card finally and it took 13 long years but I am forever grateful and will not complain.

I see the change in the process and that fact that you personally are meeting with immigrants and assigning your team members where necessary shows me your character and intention. I especially admire the great changes in the last 2 years that you have implemented and those who are honest enough will admin the great progress because of you. These changes are for the better for immigrants like me with your kind and humble attitude. I will never forget you and I am honored to be a permanent resident of the USA.
May God Bless you and I Thank You Forever.
Irish Immigrant.

 
At September 13, 2011 at 6:57:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your efforts, however I am concerned about the lack of information filtering down. For months fiancee visa's have been moving along smoothly, and then without explanation, have dropped to near 0 approval at CSC alone in the last 4 weeks Please, at least tell us why?

 
At September 15, 2011 at 10:14:00 PM EDT , Blogger omar1972 said...

"If you get your greencard – and legally, I do believe it is within your reach – you will be able to go on with your life, travel, do whatever you would like and work wherever you can realize your potential. If you do not succeed on this adjustment – and this is a distinct possible outcome, since the marriage did not last that long, and it is unfortunately a reality that USCIS will likely look in a jaundiced manner at your marriage since you are Arab – it will likely result in your either paying a substantial additional amount to succeed in immigration court or leaving the United States." I have ben waiting for my Green card for more than four years now,and my ex lawyer told me this ugly truth ! is it a lie what he said ?

 
At September 30, 2011 at 7:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Director Alejandro Mayorkas,

Sir, I have been legally in this country but on a dependent visa since last nine years. I cannot work nor study here. I have lost nine precious years doing nothing only because i chose to be with my spouse and family. I am not asking for a green card or citizenship but while we are here legally, please plead our case with the lawmakers and have them pass a law to issue us at least a temporary ID and temporary work permit to take care of our living expenses. I have transferred all my money from my home country and now I am almost penniless. As a family we have struggled with bare minimum spending only on necessities but never went for the American taxpayers' dollars/welfare programs.

I agree with the Irish immigrant above that you have been striving to make the immigration process more efficient and hence I write to you to look into this problem too. If people are skilled why should they not work and keep themselves busy rather than idle away their precious years of life doing nothing? Just for votes sake, our politicians are pampering the illegals and turn a blind eye to the same plight of those that are legally here. Example, DREAM Act - the word A stands for Aliens and not "undocumented" and yet this Act if enacted will be applicable only to the undocumented. Why? What about kids who are legally here on dependent visas and cannot go to college or work just like the illegals unless they change their status and have big bank balances to go to college. I am not against any immigrants whether legally or illegally here, but if one group is being favored on humanitarian grounds why not the other in similar situation?

Sincerely.

 
At November 3, 2011 at 9:36:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reality is that the unemployment rate in the United States is well over 10%. There is no work here for the citizens that have worked, toiled and paid taxes to build this country.
I don't want to hear that the immigrants come here and do jobs that we won't do. That makes me so mad it makes me sick to my stomach.
College funding has been taken away from students that haven't done anything wrong, Their just too poor to fight back.
We are turning into the third world country you are all trying to get away from. I wish you all the best. The problem is there is nothing left to give.

 
At November 15, 2011 at 6:30:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

to whom ever it may CONCERN. I currently reside in the state of GA. I am 24 years old female Nigerian born. I came to America on May 25, 1988, my birthday is June 1, 1987, thats six day before my first birthday. I never left the country. It was when I was applying to college that i found that i wouldnt be eligible for scholarships or grants to pay for school. My family was paying out of state tuition, and I eventually dropped out due to the stressfulness of the situation. I had to lie on job applications in order to survive, however have been paying taxes. Now that e-verify is on I cant lie anymore, and can't work. IT IS MY HUMAN RIGHT TO WORK, WHETHER I HAVE PAPERS OR NOT. I stay out of trouble, nothing on my record, etc... I want to be a nurse but do odd cna jobs. What solutions do I have, can I get deported, or what do I need to do because this is frustrating, I've been here ALL OF MY LIFE and see no light at the end of the tunnel...........................

 
At November 19, 2011 at 9:27:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Director Mayorkas,

Greetings!

I am a USC spouse and currently i have a spouse immigrant petition (I-130)on file.
It's been 6 months since my husband filed after we got married in my own country and we do not receive any update or decision based on the time frame yet until now.
He also filed for I-129f but recently received the denial decision.
My husband is alone in his house and sick and truly needing me. And this condition made me worry about him all the time. And made me think of my self being a useless wife to him.
He requested to expedite the petition with his doctor's letter attached, but it was also denied.
We knew by fact that we have NO choice and we have NOTHING to do with this processing but to wait until a blessing or miracle will reach our doors and bring us together.
But I also hope and pray that by means of this my prayers will be answered.

More Power!

 
At December 9, 2011 at 4:29:00 AM EST , Anonymous Premier Pure MLM said...

how much faster will this new system allow immigrants to be processed?

 
At January 13, 2012 at 11:33:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Mayorkas

As an H4 visa holder, immigration laws prohibit me from working which means that I cannot apply for a work permit. However, the illegals are not told that they cannot work. Ms Napolitano stated that those illegals who don't face deportation because they haven't committed violent crimes, will be allowed to apply for work permits. My husband, daughter and myself have maintained a legal status for the past 8 years. We've started our greencard process in 2008 but will probably take another 4 years before my husband's priority date becomes current. Please explain to me how is it fair that an illegal gets to apply for a work permit and I cannot. Will the form I-765 (application for employment authorization) be changed to cater for the illegals because they won't be able to answer certain questions like, current immigration status, alien registration #, date and manner of last entry into US? The US government receives more money from legal immigrants because we have to renew our status (either every year or every three years), apply/renew EAD and AP. We pay taxes too. BUT they don't get a penny from the illegals. So, Mr Mayorkas, I implore you, please answer my question.






napoli

 
At February 15, 2012 at 9:00:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would really appreciate it if there was an easier way to get a fiance a green card faster. Also i believe that the petitioner should be given information on status of case. It is sooooooooooooo annoying to have a worthless lawyer work on ur case and nothing gets done. He only sits on case and does nothing what does he care right? Hes getting paid either way or he already got his money. There needs to be a complaint department that takes care of complaints and fines lawyers who are actually thieves in disguise because thieves go to jail so should corrupt lawyers. Its a real pain when you get a lawyer who doesnt tell you everything like it is and you get to Juarez to find out stuff is missing from your packet which creates a longer wait time. Also when you have to be insisting to the lawyer and doing his job and paying him to do nothing so basically you are paying to do your own application. Also its so frustrating to have to wait for the lawyer to move at his pace and not do anything. Its frustrating when you are unemployed and your financial support is in Mexico. Its sad to see the greed in man to steal from others instead of doing what they promised they do the opposite.I believe that fees should not be raised because the process takes longer than before. If we are applying to be a us citizen i dont understand why the person is sent out to Juarez where there is so much killing and no respect for human life. Also there are cartels and you must risk your life people get treated like they are animals having to go to a country unkown to them. If you are applying for us visa process should all be done here. If a worker does not do their job efficiently they get put on probation or fired same should be for workers working at immigration people need their papers it is to expensive and it takes to long. The law makers should figure out a way to make this a faster process. Instead of spending money on building walls it should be spent on making immigration process faster. I dont agree with people saying that illegals come and take their jobs the only job they do is the one no one cares to do which is work in the fields and pick up the fruit. Please think twice before insulting illegals they come here for one thing and one thing only to work the fields.

 
At June 6, 2012 at 2:46:00 PM EDT , Anonymous malaine parmar said...

I know that all illegals only want to come to usa to make money and send to there navtive homeland and take care of there families.i married a indian decent in 2006 pryor to coming to usa in 2009.He received a instant permenent card which expires in 2019 it took me money i didn't have to pay for forms to get him here,only for him to leave me in less than a year of getting here. most illegals are scams and just want to have the good life here as to reference of there country of birth. they are liars of pretend abuse to stay here and date others. if immigration wud look into the cases they will see that are scams.

 
At June 27, 2012 at 6:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is apparent from one persons comment that our ”cuntry” is in danger. Not from ”illegals” but from illiterate idiots! Please invest in the education system so these people will have a clue about this country especially its past. I'm sure this person has never heard the phrase ”America is the land of immigrants.” This country was founded by immigrants, build by immigrants, and will flourish with immigrants.

 
At August 8, 2012 at 12:40:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

to whom this may concern,
I like the dream act that president Obama passed. there is only one flaw. The age limit to apply is to be under 31 yrs of age as of june. 15,2012. the age limit should be under 35 yrs. of age. i was brought to the u.s. at 5 yrs. of age. when this law was passed, i was already 31 yrs old and 21 days. I can't apply for the dream act because i am 21 days too old. i do have my high school diploma though. I hope that this law could be amended to include aliens like me who are older than 31 yrs of age.

 
At August 12, 2012 at 6:11:00 AM EDT , Blogger Desmo Boss said...

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This is an extremely important subject and not really sure there is a correct answer that will satisfy the masses, but one thing is certain, that is the US is the land of opportunity and that must not be in jeopardy by the illegal actions of a few.
The US still remains a dream country to live for its freedom to express its opinions which is currently denied in many countries and cultures in this world, and the opportunity to achieve from as a result of working hard and this hard work will be recognized.

 
At January 31, 2013 at 12:41:00 PM EST , Blogger eman law said...

USCIS is doing great work and everyone who is not happy with there work must know that these illegal immigrant only going to cause trouble for our country if we do not take proper action against them but i do agree the person who really deserve asylum should get it and they should consult a good asylum attorney for presenting there case in front of judge.

 
At April 26, 2013 at 3:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Eoin said...

I really appreciate the whole lots of work done by USCIS. And ofcourse I am not saying that I am against immigration but the illegal things must be taken care off... And hence the illegal immigration must be stopped immideately…

 
At November 5, 2013 at 9:05:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree immigration should be controlled but lets ponder also on the famous quote - lyric from John Lennon :
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one."
Source : Quotes about dreams

 
At November 19, 2013 at 9:49:00 PM EST , Anonymous Chandler Unity said...

Please wake the people up with a morning coffee, we have the most liberal immigration laws in the world. Look at the latin american countries, you need have a bunch of wealth to be a member of that country, so, how about us? BLAME THEM ???

 
At November 25, 2013 at 10:26:00 AM EST , Anonymous C. Plum said...

Do you think if EXISTING laws were enforced in the first place we would not have the mega-illegal immigration problem?

A systemic change is in order, IMO.

 
At December 23, 2013 at 6:00:00 AM EST , Anonymous Namee said...

Our nation has always accepted contributing immigrants. United States is the home for dreamers. We really need to fix this broken immigration system and enforce a strict immigration reforms to handle this issue.

 

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