Recently the USCIS changed its mission statement which no longer describes America as the nation of immigrants. This news has been creating a lot of buzz.
The federal agency tasked with managing immigration to the U.S. has changed its mission statement to reflect a new agenda, removing language that identified America as a “nation of immigrants.”
The federal agency that grants visas and U.S. citizenship now refers to itself as an organization that "administers the nation's lawful immigration system." The new mission statement also eliminates the word "customers" to refer to visa applicants.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services made the change on last week. The revised statement is meant to reflect the guiding principles of the agency’s new director, L. Francis Cissna
The new mission statement reads as, the agency “administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.
The previous version of the statement read as “USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system”.
The new statement clearly defines the agency’s role in the country’s immigration system. USCIS officials say the new mission statement reflects Cissna's focus on "fairness, lawfulness, efficiency, as well as protecting American workers and safeguarding the homeland."
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