With every chance and on every platform we have so far managed to post to we’ve tried to advertise the fact that our strategy doesn’t just help H-1B workers who fear denial of their visa extensions. We’ve made it clear that the reason we got involved in promoting the workaround was because we wanted to bring pressure on DHS and curb its cruelty by straining its limited resources.
Those who have subscribed and learned the details of the workaround have already seen proof of how it works. They know that by employing the workaround they can ensure years of unmolested living, and in many cases authorized employment, in the USA. Presumably they are busy weighing their options and trying to decide whether and when to put their new-gained knowledge to work. We your continued support we hope to help them along the way.
But we have also stated that people who use the workaround will not only provide security for themselves and their families but they will also make it harder for DHS to cage children. Now we have proof of this second point in our argument.
Hamed Aleaziz of BuzzFeedNews.com has written an article today in which he presents evidence, including a government memo, that DHS is diverting personnel from CIS—the subagency that calls applicants “clients” and tries to provide helpful service as if it were a private company—to ICE or the subagency charged with arresting, jailing and deporting people.
He quotes a USCIS officer as saying: “Cuccinelli [the Head of CIS] is diverting resources [from CIS] towards enforcement [ICE].” The CIS officer goes on to say: ““I am sure [ICE] needs people to help process paperwork and keep track of people. Of course, if they stopped detaining them, separating families, and sending people back to Mexico you wouldn’t need help.”
As we encourage folks to check and double check everything we say, here is Aleaziz’s tweets including a link to today’s article.
To those who choose to employ our workaround this could mean that our guesstimate of 5–7 years can be extended by an additional (no one can be sure how many) number of years. But it also means that by filing the paperwork we discuss in the workaround they make it that much more difficult for DHS to play musical chairs and to transfer untrained personnel to areas they have no expertise or business going to in the first place.
As a last observation you might note that we have favored the use of DHS instead of the more specific ICE, CIS, CPB or whatever other acronym the department’s subagencies go by. The reason for our usage is that under this administration the roles of these subagencies have been subverted and so badly confused with each other that one has become indistinguishable form the other.
To our mind this is like reassigning nurses, folks who are trained to cater to people in need of care and kindness, to suddenly become bouncers, folks expected to make quick, harsh and often needlessly violent decisions based on brawn not brain.