Concerns rise above the US plan to close all overseas immigration offices


By Nicole Acevedo, Carmen Sesin and Reuters

Foreigners and lawyers like Nada Sater are worried that the Trump administration "creates a major disaster" if it comes with plans to permanently close nearly two dozen US fund offices worldwide.

"This will affect refugees, military soldiers applying for citizenship, the family reunification program," said Sater, an immigration lawyer in Miami, NBC News.

The immigration agency said on Tuesday that it was in "preliminary discussions" to move its international office burden to offices in the United States, the agency spokesman Jessica Collins said in a statement.

Agency officials claim closing international field offices will save millions of dollars every year.

"They look at the bottom line dollars, but the bottom line dollars will end up catching up to them," said Sater.

Enrique Gutierrez and John Santos, media director of the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement that "the administration's explanation that the move is an attempt to reduce public spending does not cease as USCIS's funding comes primarily from fees paid by people who use their services ”.