Monday, July 14, 2008

Surge in Hiring at USCIS

As Kevin Johnson just reported, USCIS has been screwing up quite a bit. Apparently in response, USCIS is hiring more adjudicators. Annabelle Garay writes for the Associated Press:

Some 48 students fill each of the auditorium-style classrooms, their bulky Immigration Law Handbooks tabbed with dozens of colorful stickies and laptop computers within reach.

For the next six weeks, the men and women who make up each class will study topics such as logic, ethics, legal decision-making, discretion, immigration history and trends.

Their classes at the USCIS Academy are part of a nationwide effort by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to recruit and train hundreds of new employees who will help tackle the agency's mountainous backlog of cases.

Awaiting each of the students upon graduation will be a pile of petitions, some more than a year old. One by one, these adjudicators, as they are called, will decide the fate of hundreds of thousands of people anxiously waiting to come to the U.S., to remain here and work or to become citizens. Click here for the rest of the story.


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