The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has changed its mission statement and the words “nation of immigrants” is no longer a part of the statement.
The change was first reported by The Intercept but later confirmed by FileRight staff. According to the article, the Director of USCIS Lee Francis Cissna announced the change to employees in an email.
The USCIS mission statement one read:
“USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.”
This mission statement still appears within several pages of the USCIS website. The new mission statement also removes the word “customers”. In an email, Cissna explained why the change was necessary, according to an email obtained by The Intercept.
“Use of the term leads to the erroneous belief that applicants and petitioners, rather than the American people, are whom we ultimately serve.”
The new mission statement reads as follows:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.
President Donald Trump often stresses the importance of following existing immigration law. The new mission statement echoes that idea by using the phrase “administers the nation’s lawful immigration system…”
The USCIS has yet to comment on the recent change.