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Unused Green Cards Thrown Into Spotlight Amid USCIS Struggles

Aug. 9, 2021, 6:30 PM

Under legal pressure to quickly process or preserve employment-based green cards at risk of going to waste, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services already has its hands full with fallout from the pandemic and the previous administration, likely leaving a fix up to lawmakers seeking to slip an immigration measure into a partisan budget bill.

The agency—a Department of Homeland Security unit whose director the Senate just confirmed—is widely known to be underfunded and understaffed, and still working to reverse Trump administration actions that slowed down the process of issuing green cards to foreign nationals.

“They’re making it easier, ...