Two immigration agencies facing budget deficits after struggling to collect fees amid coronavirus pandemic would get nearly $ 3 billion in aid from an economic aid plan unveiled by Senate Republicans .
The aid would come as part of a series of measures that constitute a $ 1 trillion plan to help deal with the current economic downturn by extending unemployment benefits and offering another round of reimbursement checks. tax. But the coronavirus relief plan, the result of week-long talks between Republicans and White House officials, would not include aid to some immigrants excluded from the latest round of aid payments.
As part of part of the plan unveiled Monday night, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would secure a $ 1.2 billion loan from the Treasury Department to meet a request for emergency funding it made in Congress in May. The fee-funded agency said without help it would be forced to lay off about 13,400 employees, or about two-thirds of its staff.
The Republican plan would also allow USCIS to add an additional fee to its application fee to help the agency repay its loan to the government.
USCIS announced last week that it would postpone its one-month leave plans, until August 30, to give lawmakers more time to follow through on his request. The agency, which is responsible for awarding immigration and visa benefits, also said that “a slight increase in receipts for applications and petitions” has provided some flexibility to help pay up expenses. at the end of the current fiscal year.