The director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Lee Francis Cissna, sent out a memo on Thursday that changed their mission statement from this...
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.
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.
The new mission statement that no longer calls the United States a "nation of immigrants" has many people scratching their heads — especially considering Cissna and his wife are both children of immigrants. His mother is originally from Peru. His wife's mother is from the Middle East.
Before landing the post as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Cissna was singing a completely different tune.
Talking to the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing in May, Cissna said:
The immigrant experience has always been a fundamental part of my family life, and I would be proud to carry that heritage with me. Our family is literally a product of our nation’s legal immigration system. Should I be confirmed, these experiences will undoubtedly illuminate everything I do as USCIS director.
The director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services told staff that he believes the new mission statement "clearly defines the agency's role in our country's lawful immigration system and the commitment we have to the American people." https://t.co/YSxi202OcS— NPR (@NPR) February 23, 2018
There was this sad attempt to rationalize the change:
People didn't care for the term "customers" in reference to people immigrating to the U.S.:
I would normally never say something like this on a public forum, but: That is pure horse sh*t!!!!😡— Susanne Abrams (@ssanneab) February 23, 2018
Taxpayers being more represented than non-taxpayers by the government they pay taxes too. Wow. Crazy.— Joseph Kennedy (@JoeEquality) February 23, 2018
Do they know that immigrants can be citizens too? Like POTUS' wife— Josh (@joshuasomething) February 23, 2018
This is profoundly dumb. I am a naturalized citizen which means I am an immigrant. This is whitewashing and making claims that immigrants have NOT added to the fabric of the U.S.— Mabs Guzman (@mabsguzman) February 23, 2018
People were shocked at the hypocrisy that Cissna displayed, but the outrage didn't stop there:
Our president (and his predecessor) is the son of an immigrant and married two of them. But, hey, let's just ignore all that.— Brooke Tunstall (@YesThatBrooke) February 22, 2018