Update: March 13 at 5:08 pm:

See also: ThinkProgress, March 13:

Trump administration makes it even more difficult to finalize adoptions, reunite families

Sacrificing human rights for the sake of "efficiency"


My original comment appears below.

The Washington Post reports on March 12 that the Trump administration is planning to close the more than 20 offices that USCIS currently maintains outside the US and transfer their functions either to the agency's US based offices, which are already struggling with long delays in completing petition and application processing, or the US consular offices which, under current rules, have no authority to process or approve immigration petitions or applications, but only to approve or refuse visas.

The consular offices are also experiencing long delays already in carrying out their functions. The reports states that there are more than 20 offices involved, in countries such as India, Haiti, Mexico and China, as well as in Europe. These offices, as the Post describes:

"handle emergencies, smooth backlogs in immigration petitions and provide direct information in foreign languages."

The purpose of closing these offices is almost certainly only to slow down legal immigration petition and application processing even further despite the expected disclaimer from USCISDirector Francis Cissna that it is really meant to "maximize our agency's finite resources."

Given the Trump administration's many other efforts to delay or gut legal immigration, (see below), few people will take this explanation seriously. Instead, as the Post also states, there is concern that this action:

"...is another Trump administration effort to discourage foreigners from attempting to come to the United States"

Judging from the location of the offices that are to be closed, including several in Mexico, two in China and one that was set to open in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, one could add that the attempt is mainly to discourage mainly non-white foreign citizens from coming to the US.

For more details, see, Washington Post:

Trump administration to close international field offices

According to the above story, administration officials expect to save millions of dollars each year by phasing out these overseas offices.

More money for Trump's Wall, one can be quite sure.

As mentioned above, this is only one part of a sweeping assault on all forms of legal immigration by the Trump administration - a wide raging agenda to destroy or seriously impair almost allforms of legal immigration as part of Trump's ultimate goal of keeping America white by limiting immigration to people from "countries like Norway" - to quote his own reported words at a January 2018 White House meeting.

The breadth and intensity of Trump's effort to end most legal immigration as we have known it for the past more than 50 years, and to limit it to immigrants from Europe only, as was provided by our laws for 40 years from 1924 to 1964, has been widely overlooked in the news coverage about immigrant "caravans" heading toward the Mexican border and of Trump's fixation on building a Wall against Hispanic immigrants

But unlike Trump's Wall, which in all likelihood will never be built and may very well be referred to only as a joke in the future along with the proverbial attempts to "buy the Brooklyn Bridge", Trump's attempt to undermine or destroy America's legal immigration system is already well under way, and could affect tens of millions of applicants for legal visas and immigration benefits for many decades to come.

Indeed, Trump's brutal attack on non-white legal immigration could well turn out to be the defining feature of his presidency. This attack is described in extensive detail in a July 2018 study by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) as part of a project by the Transatlantic Council on Immigration

The study, authored by Sarah Pierce, Jessica Bolten and Andrew Selee, is entitled:

Deep Changes and Lasting Impacts

(Available through Google - I do not have a link.)

This study is essential reading for anyone who wants to gain a full understanding of immigration policy in the "Donald Trump Era"

In forthcoming comments, I will be discussing especially Section C of this study, entitled"

Increasing Vetting and Obstacles for Legal Immigration

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law