Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018|2 a.m.
. The federal firm that issues permits and grants citizenship to people from foreign nations has actually stopped characterizing the United States as “a country of immigrants.”
The director of U.S. Citizenship and Migration Services notified workers in a letter Thursday that its objective declaration had actually been modified to “assist us in the years ahead.” Gone was the expression that explained the firm as protecting “America’s pledge as a country of immigrants.”
The initial objective declaration stated: “USCIS protects America’s pledge as a nation of immigrants by offering accurate and helpful information to our consumers, granting migration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the stability of our immigration system.”
The new version states: “U.S. Citizenship and Migration Services administers the country’s legal immigration system, protecting its stability and pledge by efficiently and relatively adjudicating ask for immigration benefits while safeguarding Americans, protecting the homeland and honoring our worths.”
The firm director, L. Francis Cissna, who was appointed by the Trump administration, described the revision as a “easy, straightforward declaration” that “clearly defines the firm’s function in our country’s legal immigration system and the commitment we need to the American people.”
Cissna did not point out in his letter that he had actually eliminated the phrase “nation of immigrants,” which was popularized by a book by President John F. Kennedy and is regularly utilized to convey America’s multiculturalism.
Nevertheless, Cissna did note that he had actually gotten rid of the word “customers” in explaining the foreign nationals whom the firm serves, “a tip that we are constantly working for the American people.”
León Rodríguez, director of the firm from 2014 to 2017, stated the revision of the mission statement marked “a particularly unfortunate turn of history.”
“We ought to not forget that under the disposed of mission statement, the integrity and national security functions of USCIS grew– drastically so– revealing that we might be both an inviting country and a safe one,” Rodríguez said. “We need to stop to reflect about the many opportunities that America will lose due to the fact that of the mindsets reflected in this statement, and ask ourselves whether this is truly the country we want to be.”
Individual retirement account Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors restricting immigration, applauded the change.
“A country of immigrants isn’t a mission declaration,” he said, “it’s a slogan.”
“The most significant issue with our migration system is that it lacks a clear nationwide interest objective,” he added.
As director of USCIS, Cissna has actually promoted an agenda that shows the Trump administration’s hesitant and typically hard-line position on immigration. The company has increased examination of visa applications for foreign workers whom U.S. companies seek to hire; it has actually altered the asylum application procedure to prevent individuals from looking for safe haven in the United States; and it has included actions to the procedure for immigrants already in the country to obtain legal long-term residency, or a green card.
USCIS examines petitions of foreign nationals who look for to check out, work, reside and discover haven in the United States. It also processes citizenship applications, which have actually risen given that President Donald Trump won the election in 2016.
In his letter to his staff, Cissna wrote, “We are also responsible for making sure that those who naturalize are committed to this nation, share our worths, take in into our neighborhoods, and understand their duty to help maintain our freedom and liberty.”
Released posthumously, Kennedy’s “A Nation of Immigrants” highlighted the contribution of immigrants when the country was engulfed in an argument over the direction of its migration policy.
The phrase appears a minimum of as far back as 1874, in an editorial published in The Daily State Journal of Alexandria, which praised a bill passed by the Virginia Senate appropriating $15,000 to encourage European immigration. “We are a nation of immigrants and immigrants’ children,” it stated.
Immigrant supporters today invoke the expression to advise the nation that a lot of Americans have an ancestor who was when a newbie to the United States.