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With Six Month Deadline Looming, Biden Administration Risks Repeating Trump Failure On Green Cards For Liberian Immigrants

Pamela Roberts, a staff attorney representing more than a dozen LRIF applicants at HIAS Pennsylvania said: “Representing LRIF applicants who have been facing inconsistent and unnecessary demands for evidence from USCIS — which are more than what the law itself requires — has been extraordinarily challenging. USCIS already had crisis-level backlogs and these implementation issues contribute directly  to the completion rate of only 20 percent of submitted cases to date. While USCIS developed and implemented the onerous evidentiary requirements and processing practices under the previous administration, over a month into the Biden administration, USCIS conducted a nationwide webinar that confirmed those practices are continuing; without substantive adjustments, there is no way this program can meet Congressional intent.”

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