Unless Congress acts quickly, the Budget Control Act, including those sections that mandate the budget cuts known as “sequestration,” will take effect on March 1, 2013. On February 14, 2013, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations regarding the impact of sequestration on DHS’s activities. The DHS includes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), and Immigration Customs Enforcement (“ICE”)—the three agencies involved in various aspects of immigration application processing, foreign travel, and worksite enforcement. Thus, it is instructive to consider Secretary Napolitano’s remarks to prepare for the potential impact that sequestration might have on the immigration process and related immigration activities.
Special Immigration Alert: The Effect of Sequestration on Immigration
By EBG RSS on February 27th, 2013
Posted in Legal Updates | North America