Congress Vs. Ombudsman
When the DHS was created in 2002, one of its new and notable features was the creation of "The Office of the CIS Ombudsman". The first person to head this office is Mr. Prakash Khatri, formerly a practicing immigration attorney. To his credit, Mr. Khatri has made faster delivery of immigration benefits a priority at the DHS Secretary level. Mr. Khatri's vision in confronting the unprecedented immigration benefits backlogs is to attack them using computer-intensive techniques rather than people-intensive techniques which would use more government employees. This technique essentially relies on the underlying INFOPASS system at DHS. The extensive rollout of INFOPASS at USCIS offices across the country is noteworthy because INFOPASS presages Mr. Khatri's programs and consequently reduced waits for immigration benefits. However, there exists a tension between this vision and Congressional purpose in creating this Office. From Congress's point of view, the primary benefit of the Ombudsman's Office is to serve as a buffer between itself and constituents outraged at shoddy performance at DHS. Congress may not be overly concerned with immigration benefits delivery delays so long as the complaints end up at the Ombudsman's Office rather than straining limited Congressional staff. This may well require the Ombudsman's Office to use a people-intensive approach rather than a computer-intensive approach. Future appropriations bills will show how all this plays out.
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There is a typographical error on today's webpage and Immigration Daily email. Under section 3, the Asylum Resource Series, the country is Colombia not Columbia. I really enjoy reading the articles and information supplied by your website
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You featured an article on Asylum resources for "Columbia." I think it's spelled C-o-l-o-m-b-i-a. I just thought this was funny because I am a USC married to a Colombian, and I too thought it was spelled C-o-l-u-m-b-i-a,
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Your editorial of 8/27 refers once again to the "elephant in the room" analogy from which you continue to draw wrongful conclusions. This was previously fully
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