This is not the first time that a class action suit has been brought against INS/DHS due to huge backlogs. Congress passing regulations does not automatically reduce backlogs. As a matter of fact, Congress just passing regulations without additional resources makes the mire harder to manage. All that does is make the managers pull their people from other work in order to get the "hot" items out faster. That creates an even larger backlog in other essential items. Remember the 90 day mandate on the I-765's?... And when was the last time anyone bothered to answer your correspondence? Correspondence is low priority (unless Congress mandates a high priority for correspondence)...
Premium processing is wonderful for the applicant. However, if the premium processing gets heavier, that means they will pull even more people from other processes such as I-360's, LPR I-130's, I-102's, I-824's, customer service, etc. in order to timely complete premium processing cases and hot items such as 485's, Immediate Relative I-130's. The workarounds are a good idea though(such as concurrent filing, a stamp on the passport..).
DHS has not changed anything in adjudications... The same people are still running the office. And they are still running it the same way as before and they are still overwhelmed with work and Congress is still mandating without providing additional resources to meet the additional mandates... Mandates by themselves don't fix anything.
The answer? There is no one right answer. But one could be to perhaps contract out routine work to a competant and accountable contractor.
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