The Washington Post announced Friday, March 16, 2018, that USCIS is in the process of establishing a new internal oversight division to oversee the way adjudicators handle their cases. The Washington Post obtained this information from staffers and internal documents.
USCIS’ Organization of Professional Responsibility will have three divisions, including an Investigations Division to “manage the agency’s program that investigates cases involving fraud, waste, abuse or misconduct by USCIS employees.” A USCIS official was cited as confirming it is being “viewed internally as a crackdown on employees who may be too forgiving toward applicants for permanent legal residence or citizenship and who may have demerits in their case files, including misdemeanor criminal charges or having received public assistance such as welfare payments.” USCIS confirmed internal plans are being discussed, but that no final decision has been made.
This is just another development by USCIS in its internal effort to reduce legal immigration under the Leadership of L. Francis Cissna. According to the Washington Post, this oversight office will be led by Sarah Kendall, a top USCIS official for fraud detection and national security. Ms. Kendall will report directly to Director Cissna and Deputy Director James McCament.
Until USCIS confirms publicly the details of these new divisions, it remains unclear the impact they will have on the legal immigration system. Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions about your immigration case.