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08/24/2021 Issue
             The Democratic party in the U.S. Congress devised a new plan how to pass an immigration legalization law without any support from the Republican party.
           The idea is to claim that legalization of certain groups of non-citizens who are already living and working in the U.S. would help the government’s budget. If so, they can put the legalization law inside another law, which is an addition, or a supplement, to the BUDGET law. This is called a RECONCILIATION, and the Democrats have enough votes to pass it without any Republican support.
           There is still no definition what groups of non-citizens would be covered by this new law, but the estimates are that between 8 to 10 million illegal aliens could be legalized this way. (DREAMERS would be included for sure).
           In July 2021, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) encountered 210,000 (two hundred ten thousand) persons trying to enter the U.S. illegally through the border with Mexico. In June 2021, the number was 188,829. These monthly numbers are bigger than any for the previous 20 years.
           Since the beginning of the Biden administration, approximately 300,000 illegal entrants at the southern border were permitted to enter the U.S. and stay until their claims of Political Asylum are adjudicated by Immigration Judges.
           Immigration Judges, in Immigration courts, have a backlog of close to one and a half million (1,500,000) cases to deal with.
           In the meantime, nothing much is being done to speed up, actually – to normalize, the processing of regular, legal immigration applications and petitions at the many immigration offices (US CIS) all across the U.S.

           The Senate confirmed Ms. Ur Mendoza Jaddor, President Biden’s choice, to be the head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This is one of the 3 agencies in the Department of
Homeland Security which are running the Immigration System. (The Immigration Courts are managed separately, under the Department of Justice).
This is the first time since 2019 that USCIS will have a permanent, Senate-confirmed Director.
           Hopefully, the new boss would take steps to “rejigger” the “machinery” of USCIS to return to normal, reasonable operating speed.


           The Application for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) is being updated. The new Form includes a section about a Social Security Card.
           The purpose is to enable the applicant, when the application is approved, to request a new or a replacement Social Security Card. The USCIS would transmit the request to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and they would mail the requested card to the new Legal Permanent Resident within 2 weeks.
           This would save the new Green Card holder the need to make a separate trip to the Social Security office to apply for a new card.
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