Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), said his agency is preparing for another surge of unaccompanied alien children and family units this year. As part of that effort, the agency is already hiring more officers to process asylum claims. Some 130,000 illegal aliens have been processed so far as part of this year’s border surge.
At an event in Washington, D.C. Rodriguez said, “In order to process individuals more efficiently at the border, the unaccompanied children presenting claims, we have had to redeploy, we’re also hiring more asylum officers…We do have a lot of work to catch up.” There is currently a backlog of around 400,000 claims.
Rodriguez mentioned but did not provide any details on the president’s expected executive amnesty. He said that it would not be comparable to the Senate-passed comprehensive amnesty.
Read more in the Washington Examiner.
Updated: Tue, Nov 4th 2014 @ 4:15pm EST