In a recent lawsuit brought by a coalition of immigrants’ right advocates declare that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been the cause of why there is such a high volume of applications being backlogged through a combination of vetting, denials of applications and excessive and unnecessary delay tactics. In total there are over 700,000 applications waiting to be reviewed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The average time it once took to process an application was six to seven months has now become, on average, a more than twenty-month period. Advocates argue that this delay is politically motivated and being led by the Trump administration to deny or threaten civic participation, rights and presence to immigrants living in the United States. Also, the implications that arise from this kind of treatment strain ties that run deep within the connections of the immigrant’s families, jobs and various community bonds in the United States. The charge for application fees runs as high as $700 and although they have paid the fee, they still wait.

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