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USCCR, Sept. 12, 2019
"The Colorado Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released itsreport, Citizenship Delayed: Civil Rights and Voting Rights Implications of the Backlog inCitizenship and Naturalization Applications. The Committee examined the civil rightsimplications of the backlog in citizenship and naturalization applications in U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The report is available on our website.
Committee Chair Alvina Earnhart said: “During our study, it became evident that theprocessing time for citizenship applications has surged considerably. Despite past effortsto resolve the backlog, more needs to be done. This report provides insights for potentialsolutions, and we hope that it will spur Congress to act to eliminate the backlog. Specialthanks to Committee member Ming H. Chen for her leadership and dedication to theproject.”
Key recommendations from the Committee include:
• USCIS officers should review the operational efficiency of naturalizationadjudications and ensure that adjudication processing times are consistent withthe statutory and regulatory guidelines of six months.• Congress should hold hearings and increase USCIS accountability to statutorymission and timelines.• Congress should appropriate funding to USCIS to eliminate the backlog.• States, local governments, and non-profits should participate in supportingnaturalization.
Citizenship Delayed, based on expert input and extensive research and analysis, offersactionable recommendations to Congress; federal, state, and local agencies; and advocacygroups. The Committee held a public briefing on the subject in February 2019, hearingfrom government officials, academics, legal experts, and members of the public. We inviteyou to view video and the transcript of the briefing."