Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Congress is exercising political oversight over the USCIS through its hearing on the backlog in naturalization applications and other USCIS adjudications on Tues July 16, 2019. The Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee's oversight hearing can be viewed here.
U.S. Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) with the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), Unidos US, CASA, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) held a press conference immediately preceding the hearing.
The outcry against the backlog has been building for more than a year out of deep concern that the current administration is aggressively pursuing a cruel enforcement agenda against children and families while they deny the estimated nine million lawful permanent residents currently eligible to naturalize full participation in public life and our democracy. Given how long the naturalization process can take, the speakers will appeal to those eligible for citizenship to “Naturalize Now.”
UPDATE 7/17/2019: Summary and analysis of the Congressional hearing from Forbes.