After 9/11/2001, the government created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department deals with immigration-related matters. Congress divided DHS into three separate branches: U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service (USCIS), Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The goal was to separate immigration service from enforcement.
Congress meant for USCIS to function as the service-based immigration and citizenship branch of DHS. The other two branches (CBP and ICE) serve as immigration enforcement. However, the Trump Administration has blurred the clear lines Congress created to separate these branches.
In the last two years, with the Trump Administration’s drastic changes in policy, USCIS has evolved into a third immigration enforcement tool by:
It is clear that USCIS is no longer what Congress intended. USCIS’s shift to immigration-enforcement is unsettling and is not what our immigration community deserves. As we are fully aware of the Trump Administration’s assault on USCIS as a service-based immigration agency, we do our best to protect and prepare our clients.