California Congressman, Tony Cardenas, has reintroduced the Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act. This case will address the large case backlogs at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The bill would also establish new reporting requirements for the USCIS and the Government Accounting Office (GAO). Furthermore, this case would determine why there are processing delays and find possible solutions to reduce the backlog of immigration cases.
Congressman Cardenas has stated that the severe backlogs at the USCIS leave many people in limbo. According to Cardenas’s statement, many families in his district wait weeks, months, or years without having their cases resolved or even getting an update. He says this is unfair and that people deserve to know “that their cases are being handled fairly and timely.” He also claimed that a reporting system would increase transparency and help the USCIS find what is causing the processing delays.
According to the USCIS’s data, processing times are increasing. This increase leaves applicants waiting for decisions for more than seven months for most types of applications for immigration benefits.
The Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act:
It remains uncertain whether the bill will pass, but it may help many businesses retain valuable employees if it does.
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