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Expert: "Decimated" USCIS Will Struggle to Process Work Permit Applications for Asylum Seekers

September 15, 2022 (1 min read)

Chris Sommerfeldt and Tim Balk, New York Daily News, Sep 14, 2022

NYC asks feds to fast-track work papers for migrants amid busing crisis - "Mayor Adams and members of the City Council have begun to aggressively pressure the federal government to process asylum seekers’ work papers more quickly, as the Texas busing program stretches New York’s social safety net to its limit. Councilwoman Gale Brewer, a Manhattan Democrat, introduced a resolution on Wednesday calling on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency to process asylum seekers’ employment documents within 30 days of receipt. ... Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law at Cornell University, said the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency was “decimated” under former President Donald Trump’s administration. “They’re making huge efforts to adjudicate work permit applications for asylum seekers more quickly,” Yale-Loehr said. “But it is going to take some time to improve the processing times because of the deep hole that the prior administration put them into.”"