On August 25, immigrants, and all Americans who support legal immigration as the engine of diversity and respect for racial equality and human rights on which our democracy depends were able to breathe a sigh of relief when USCIS announced that it was cancelling its latest planned "furlough" of more than 13,000 employees, amounting to 70 percent of its staff. See:

https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-averts-furlough-of-nearly-70-of-workforce

Immediately, headlines appeared in all the major media to the effect that the crisis in America's legal immigration system is past, and that the threat of a USCIS shutdown is now over. We may now move on to "more important items, such as the fawning, sycophantic praise being heaped at the RNC this week on Donald Trump, who on April 20, vowed to put and end to end all legal immigration in America.

But the threat of a USCIS shutdown and resulting crisis in our legal immigration system is not over. The USCIS shutdown threat, according to the above announcement has only been postponed for one more month, to the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The announcement pointedly says that there is enough funding to keep the agency running until that date. There is nothing about what happens after that.

To be continued.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law