More Bureaucrat Game!

The Trump Administration, more precisely U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director L Francis Cissna, is on a roll with bureaucrat game.  Fresh off a slowdown on citizenship applications, quite the opposite of Al Gore’s Citizenship USA flood of fraudulently approved citizenship applications in the mid-90s, USCIS is bureaucrat gaming the H-1B program.  Approval rates are declining for the job stealing non-immigrant visas.

The Trump administration is denying and delaying more skilled-worker visa petitions than at any time since at least 2015, in keeping with its promise to increase scrutiny of foreign workers, according to data the government released on Friday.

U.S. officials say they have made reforms that prioritize American workers, cut down on fraud and streamline the immigration process. But lawyers who help employers apply for the visas say the agency is rejecting legitimate applications and tying up requests in bureaucratic red tape.

The data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency that adjudicates the visas, extends to the 2015 fiscal year, encompassing the last two years of the Obama administration and the first two years of the Trump administration.

[Trump Administration Denying, Delaying More Foreign Skilled-Worker Requests’, by Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters, February 22, 2019]

Despite the large number of approvals, denials are up and looking to go higher this fiscal year.

In the 2018 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30, the government issued “initial denials” to over 61,000 H-1B applications. In that time, the government issued decisions on over 396,000 applications.

That is more than double the number of such denials over the prior year, even as the total number of applications the government completed dropped by about 2 percent between 2017 and 2018.

And denials look set to increase even further this year. In the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year, the government issued initial denials to nearly 25,000 H-1B applications, a 50 percent increase over the same period last year.

The majority of petitions are still being approved, but the approval rate is dropping. In 2015, the approval rate was 96 percent, compared with 85 percent last year.

This is an improvement and it is an improvement completely within the discretion and authority of the Executive Branch.  It also shows that even minor changes and direction to the bureaucracy can improve immigration enforcement outcomes.  It also sadly shows that other agencies, such as ICE SVU, are not taking the action they need to do, such as subpoenaing States for the driver’s license records for illegal aliens.  Success in immigration enforcement is almost all about unreviewable actions by the Executive.  The President can order the military to the border, the President can order increased raids in Sanctuary States, the President can do much more in immigration enforcement.  It is all up to him.  He is in charge of Bureaucrat Game.  How about using bureaucrat game to arrest a Sanctuary Sheriff who almost got one of his deputy’s killed by an illegal alien?  President Trump has vast authority and power.  Use it or lose it!

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