“Well, the legal immigration system has also been disrupted by the coronavirus. Applications for green cards and citizenship are way down. That’s partly because the offices that handle those applications have been closed to the public since March. And it’s also because even before the pandemic, the administration had been making it harder for people to apply and to get approval for some of these things.
Now the system itself is starting to buckle. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says it’s running out of money. The agency funds its operations with application fees that it charges immigrants. And so it’s had to ask Congress for $1.2 billion in emergency funding to stay afloat.”
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