Angelo A. Paparelli, partner at Seyfarth Shaw and publisher of the Nation of Immigrants Blog, reviews the latest annual report from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman and finds it too temperate. Paparelli says, "With altogether too much toleration and not enough outrage for my taste, the Ombudsman's report restates longstanding USCIS problems but does not condemn the lack of significant forward movement." He also believes that the existence of the USCIS Ombuds Office has allowed Congress to shrug off its oversight responsibility.
Paparelli also argues that the USCIS Ombudsman's authority should be expanded to cover Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol. He says that "if the Obama Administration and Congress are serious about the proper functioning of the federal immigration system, they would also create Offices of the Ombudsman for the Departments of Labor and State, and place a 'Tri-Department' Ombudsman on top, so that stakeholders really have a "seat at the table" for comprehensive immigration reform." (Angelo Paparelli on Dysfunctional Government; USCIS Ombuds 2009 Report.)
Related posts: Profile of New Immigration Ombuds; Leading Immigration Lawyer Urges Obama to Retain USCIS Ombuds; How to Become the Next Immigration Ombuds.