That's not an exaggeration.
The U.S.is no longer a "nation of immigrants" - at least according to the federal agency in charge of granting citizenship.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services director who removed the phrase "nation of immigrants" from the agency's mission statement is the "proud" son of a Peruvian immigrant, according to a report Friday.
Under the new policy, the USCIS says the employers must provide contracts and itineraries for employees who will work at a third-party location. The change in USCIS' mission arrives a day before the Donald Trump read the poem "The Snake", a text created to vilify and disparage immigrants and their families, to a crowd of conservatives in Washington D.C.
But many more Twitter users welcomed the news as another sign of the Trump administration working to protect Americans and restore the nation. Employment-based petitioners who circumvent the worker protections outlined in the nation's immigration laws not only injure USA workers (e.g., their wages and job opportunities), but also the foreign workers for whom they are petitioning.
The new statement unveiled Thursday describes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as administering "the nation's lawful immigration system" by 'adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values'.
"All applicants and petitioners should, of course, always be treated with the greatest respect and courtesy, but we can't forget that we serve the American people", he wrote, reported The Guardian.
It's an odd statement to make.
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USCIS is the agency responsible for issuing green cards and visas, and for naturalizing citizens, and is predominantly funded by application fees for these services. Cissna's statement strongly implies that "applicants and petitioners" don't count as part of the "American people". "We wanted people to feel comfortable with coming to us and know that they could get a fair hearing - that we were different from ICE and CBP".
The new statement only emphasizes "securing the homeland" and "protecting Americans", according to an email sent to staff members by the agency's director, L. Francis Cissna.
The memo, obtained by The Intercept, notes that the wording changes the meaning of the department's mission from one of acceptance to one of security. "We can not separate "immigrants" from "Americans" - we are intrinsically linked as children, parents, neighbors, and loved ones". Those citizens may have been born overseas, but they've naturalized.
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Cissna worked for Senate Judiciary Committee Chair (and immigration hawk) Chuck Grassley (R-IA) before being appointed to USCIS. He was sworn in as director of the USCIS on October 8, 2017. It processes about 6m applications a year. In winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, they were more aggressive than Trump's statements implied.
"A nation of immigrants isn't a mission statement", he said, "it's a slogan".