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CHC Chair Urges Vote Against Nomination of Francis Cissna for USCIS Director

Jun 12, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement concerning the nomination of Francis Cissna as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:
“I have deep reservations about President Trump’s pick to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  I urge our colleagues in the Senate to vote “no” on President Trump's pick to head this very important federal agency, which is so vital to welcoming immigrants and vulnerable refugees into our country.
“At his confirmation hearing on May 24, 2017, Mr. Cissna admitted that he had a role on the Trump transition team and offered his “technical assistance” in crafting some of the President's draconian immigration policies.  Anyone who has had a hand in shaping the President's misguided and mean-spirited immigration policies that now target and separate Hispanic families across the country should not be entrusted to lead a vital organization like USCIS, which assists and provides immigrant communities with accurate and useful information on the immigration process and has historically enjoyed a special relationship with the communities CHC Members represent. 
“I am also concerned with Mr. Cissna’s lack of management experience.  Due to its size and importance – including a budget of over $4 billion and a workforce of 19,000 – the Homeland Security Act of 2002 requires the Director of USCIS to have 5 years of management experience.  Mr. Cissna has been a career government employee with little in his record that would suggest that he is qualified to manage and oversee an agency that receives and adjudicates approximately 6 million petitions and applications annually.”
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.
Media Contact:
Carlos Paz Jr.