Comment: Federal Debt And Immigration - The current standoff in DC between the two political parties over raising the debt ceiling has important immigration implications. While the disagreement between the parties focuses on raising taxes, the real issue from an immigration effects perspective is that both parties are in complete agreement over cutting discretionary spending, and in large quantities. Apart from much of the benefits processing at USCIS, most of the immigration work of the federal government comes from discretionary appropriations by Congress. Unprecedented cuts to immigration programs are certain if the parties do reach an agreement on the debt ceiling vote (and such an agreement is likely). The reason is simple: unless federal revenues (aka taxes) are raised, and this appears politically unlikely, large cuts to federal expenditures will be necessary, not just because of the looming debt ceiling vote, but because of similar votes on the debt ceiling in future Congresses later this decade. From the projections made by the Congressional Budget Office, the problem will keep getting worse, even if President Obama succeeds in getting the higher, four trillion dollar, agreement that he is seeking (House Republicans are looking at a smaller deal, about half that size). The picture painted by Congressional budget staff is so dire that even entitlements, long immune to even any discussion of cuts, are now on the table Ė social security, medicare and medicaid are all on the line. In this climate it is safe to say that the budget axe will fall disproportionately on discretionary expenditures. This means that EOIR will face reduced resources, which means longer delays for cases before IJs and the BIA; it means that DOS will put even fewer resources into consular processing, leading no doubt to increased frustrations therein damaging our countryís trade; it means that DOLís few immigration staff will get even fewer, and fast PERM approvals may become a thing of the past (on the bright side, DOLís ability to conduct PERM audits will also significantly diminish). ICE and CBP budgets, long sacred cows of those who favor high immigration enforcement, will face cuts for the first time (perhaps the budget impasse will finally lead to an amelioration in the historically high rate of removals). Some of the foregoing will come to pass sooner, the rest later, but that is not the point. The point is that the budget discussion is important from the immigration perspective, and the results of the budget negotiations will surely leave their mark on immigration.
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