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U.S. Tries to Speed Flow of Immigration Paperwork

Two more years are needed to erase a backlog of nearly 4 million cases, a House panel is told. Agency cites improved methods. It will take the government at least an additional two years to eliminate a backlog of almost 4 million applications for citizenship, green cards and work permits, the administration’s top immigration official told a congressional subcommittee Thursday. Eduardo Aguirre Jr., director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, acknowledged that the problem was serious, but he said his agency’s greatest need was time, not funds. “My challenge lies not in taking more money,” Aguirre told the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, but in making better use of it. “Our budget is adequate to serve our needs.” At a news conference earlier in the day, Aguirre said his agency needed to make better use of technology and to increase productivity by 20%. Full Story

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