U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) altered its mission statement on Thursday by taking out a reference to the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants.”
The new statement reads: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 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 statement speaks for itself and clearly defines the agency’s role in our country’s lawful immigration system and commitment we have to the American people,” an USCIS official told The Hill.
The Intercept reported that USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna made a similar statement to USCIS staff in an email on Thursday.
The previous statement reads: “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.”
In his email, Cissna defended the changes, according to The Intercept.
“In particular, referring to applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits, and the beneficiaries of such applications and petitions, as ‘customers’ promotes an institutional culture that emphasizes the ultimate satisfaction of applicants and petitioners, rather than the correct adjudication of such applications and petitions according to the law,” he wrote.
Source: The Hill