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Sen. Leahy urges USCIS to delay furloughs

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is calling on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to delay furloughs of more than 13,000 staffers that are expected to take effect Aug. 30. USCIS previously pushed back the furlough date from Aug. 3 to Aug. 30. Leahy and others on Capitol Hill say that USCIS, which is fee funded, has enough in its coffers to pay employees through fiscal year 2020 and end up with a carryover balance.

"The decision to shut down the legal immigration system by furloughing these employees will harm our economy, have adverse impacts on trade, encourage unlawful immigration, and is patently unfair to our federal workforce and to individuals who have waited so long to be reunited with their families," Leahy wrote.

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