Comment: Immigration Consequences Of Budget Impasse - On March 2, Republicans and Democrats on the hill narrowly avoided an imminent government shutdown with the passage of a two week continuing resolution that keeps the government operating for now. All the parties have until March 18 to come up with a budget compromise. It is going to be a game of brinkmanship where both parties are going to feel out whether it would be politically expedient for them to precipitate a government shutdown rather than make a compromise. The effects of a government shutdown have not been felt since 1995.
What would be the immigration consequences of such a budget impasse? There are three kinds of agencies involved in providing immigration services. Firstly, in case of enforcement agencies like ICE and CBP we expect that they will be given the budgets they need to continue the record-breaking enforcement they have been doing. Secondly, the fee-based organizations like the USCIS have nothing to worry about regarding the budget impasse either, because as the economy continues to recover they will see an increase in their fee-based revenues.
But it is the third category of non-fee-based organizations such as DOS, DOL and EOIR that will present a serious problem. A disproportionate percentage of budget cuts will likely fall on these organizations, and we expect to see a dramatic deterioration of services. The last time there was a government shutdown, consular processing ground to a halt and DOL backlogs continued to grow until they culminated in RIR and the PERM rule. Our predictions here are somewhat speculative because there are so many moving parts that will shape how the money is actually allocated - with many of the parts jockeying with each other for their advantage. But we expect a significant (30-50%) slowdown of the cycle times at DOL, DOS and EOIR, in the event of a government shutdown. All practitioners dealing with these agencies have grounds to be concerned.
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