FBI Name Check Erratum
Immigration Daily recently carried two comments on the significant FBI name check delays (see ID 11/30/07 and 12/04/07). The November 30, 2007 ID comment entitled "FBI Delays To End" stated that there would be a reduction of name check delays and that it would be achieved through a date certain. Immigration Daily later learned and published in its 12/04/07 comment that reduction of the name check backlog would occur but it would be through an allocation of resources and a change in process, not a date certain. Immigration Daily regrets our error on the date certain point. We stand by our report that USCIS has committed to reduce the backlog 40% by year-end. Recent correspondence from our readers attests to the pain caused to individuals and the bar by the overly long FBI name check delays. These name checks delays are an embarrassment to the Executive Branch and do not further our national security. USCIS has been forced to back down on the excessive delays due to a major flood of thousands of lawsuits on the name check delays nationwide. It is time for Congress to step in and take action. We urge Congress to adopt a date certain policy or some other solution to prevent unnecessary delay.
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Bloggings: December 6, 2007
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DHS Chertoff On No-Match Appeal
DHS Secretary Chertoff issued a statement on the injunction against the No-Match Rule in San Francisco, Calif.
DOS On Electronic Submission Of DV Applications
The Office of the Spokesman of the Department of State responded to the following question, " Is there is a wide enough representation of citizens from eligible countries applying considering the electronic submission requirement?"
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The FBI name checks are a joke and the FBI and USCIS should be totally embarassed by their effort. As an attorney I can not possibly understand how I have so many cases that have been pending for 4 and even 5 years on these checks. Will anyone ever get off their asses to clear these backlogs or must my clients wait endlessly for a decision that may or may not come?
The Government should actually do their job and clear this mess instead of every person I speak to just pushing off the blame onto others. It is bsolutely ridiculous and the Government should clear up this debacle that they have created and have made little to no effort to fix.
Ref name check letters (12/03/07 ID comment), has anyone realized that the agencies do not empower themselves? That they get their instructions from the top? Where did the order come from that required name checks before approval? Did it come from the President's staff and/or our "venerable" Congress? Does anybody remember when this requirement started? By the way, responding to Mr. Murray's letter (12/05/07 ID), the evidence does not prove that God is a "herself"...
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