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Boyle Leads Letter To Oppose USCIS Removal of "Nation of Immigrants" in Mission Statement

March 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) led a letter joined by 18 House Democrats to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director L. Francis Cissna opposing the agency’s recent decision to remove the words “United States as a nation of immigrants” from its mission statement. After sending the letter, Boyle released the following statement:

“This decision by USCIS to remove reference to our proud history and identity as a ‘nation of immigrants’ from its mission statement is highly offensive, inconsistent with our country’s longstanding policy, and alarming because if the message it sends the world. It seems Director Cissna needs a history lesson: America is in fact a nation of immigrants. The agency charged with administering our immigration laws should understand this, and be proud of this heritage. Instead, USCIS and the Trump Administration continue to ignore the overwhelmingly positive role immigrants have always played in American life, and drive a wedge between immigrants and native-born Americans. I urge the Director to explain this decision to Congress immediately.”

Boyle was joined on the letter by Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (VA-08), Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04), Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rep. William R. Keating (MA-09), Rep. James P. McGovern (MA-02), Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Rep. José Serrano (NY-15), Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09), Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09), Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07). The Members called on Director Cissna to explain this decision to Congress and reverse course on this change. The full letter can be found HERE.