Integrity Legal

25th Oct 2009

Recently, Alejandro Mayorkas was appointed as the Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service within the United States Department of Homeland Security. Mr Mayorkas was recently interviewed by members of the United States and foreign press corps in an effort to hear his views on United States Immigration policy and the future of US Immigration law.

Below are some of the important quotes that this author found both interesting and insightful, the full interview transcript can be read here.

This blog is mostly dedicated to United States family immigration and visas. Therefore, it was a pleasure to hear that Mr. Mayorkas considers US Family Immigration to be a major priority of his agency:

“…One of the goals of an immigration system[:] family unification. Do the laws that we have now achieve that most ably? That’s a question that is — that I think is a valid one to ask. And so we have to take a look at the goals, as a nation, of our immigration system and ask does the structure that we have in place – or do the mechanisms that we have in place accomplish those goals most ably, most completely and most efficiently? And where there are shortcomings, that is, indeed, what immigration reform is in part about.”

As we have posited previously on in this forum, the current system of adjudicating non-immigrant family visas could be considered redundant and a poor distribution of resources. In the case of the K1 visa and the K3 visa one could make a valid argument that such visas, as they involve the doctrine of dual intent, could be completely adjudicated at the Embassies and Consulates abroad while letting USCIS deal with more pressing issues at home. If K visa non-immigrant family members do decide to adjust status, then the USCIS will need to deal with the case as the adjudication will occur under their domestic authority.

Mr. Mayorkas was also quoted as saying, “The fact that I myself was once a refugee to this country informs my views of our agency’s mission and the priorities that we will carry forward, during the time that I am privileged to serve.” This author is definitely happy to see a Director who has personal knowledge of the Immigration system. Hopefully, these personal insights will result in a net benefit for everyone who has dealings with USCIS.

The Director was further quoted as saying,

“The goal of family reunification is indeed one that we hold dear to our efforts as we try to administer the immigration laws fairly and with justice always in mind. Ultimately, our adjudications are indeed on an individualized basis, and there are mechanisms that the law acknowledges to achieve family reunification in particular cases. And that is very much a part of the work that we do.”

This author is happy to hear such sentiments from the Director of USCIS and hopefully this is a sign of things to come as the Immigration system becomes a more compassionate and efficient agency of the US government.

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One Response to “Director of USCIS says Family Unification is the Goal of Immigration”

  1. [...] There are many unlicensed “visa companies” operating outside of the United States of America. Pursuant to USCIS regulations, no individual is entitled as a matter of law to take money in exchange for providing immigration assistance unless they are a licensed attorney in at least one US State or Territory. Therefore, unless one is dealing with a licensed United States attorney, one should not be paying for the services of a so-called “visa agent,” or “lawyer,” who cannot produce credentials. If dealing with one claiming to be a lawyer ask to see their US state or Federal license to practice law. If they cannot produce such documentation then there is a strong reason to believe that they are not entitled by law to represent clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). [...]

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