The U.S. Department of homeland security plans to the closure of 23 offices of the immigration and immigration authority USCIS in the world. With the step of millions of dollars to be saved, said USCIS spokeswoman Jessica Collins in a statement to US media.

The duties of the immigration office would be taken over by offices within the U.S. as well as U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. The Department of homeland security and the state Department would provide for a smooth Transition, said Collins.

The USCIS offices abroad are, among other things, for the acquisition of citizenship, the reunification of family members, work and residence permits. A list of locations in Latin America, Asia and Europe. In Germany, an office in Frankfurt would be affected.

critics of the planned closure of foreign offices as a further step, the government of U.S. President Donald Trump, to reduce immigration in the United States and the country to continue to foreclose. “This is a withdrawal of the international presence from USCIS,” quoted the “Washington Post” León Rodríguez, who was President Barack Obama’s authorities Director. “This fits in with the isolationist tendency, the government in General.”

the Last Trump had failed with plans for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in Congress. In mid-February, he had declared a National state of emergency, to be able to the wall without parliamentary approval to Fund.

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