U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the principal immigration agency in the
The agency has completely failed to keep up with the predictable (and predicted) surge in naturalization applications last year stemming from upcoming elections and a substantial fee increase for naturalization applications—from $400 to $675. In addition, a new instance of bribery and malfeasance at USCIS in
Preemptive Update: After writing most of this post, I saw that Nina Bernstein at the NY Times has blown the Baichu story wide open (I initially saw a shorter version reported in the NY Daily News). I’ll definitely have more to say about this later.