Clearing the backlog

Senators Kennedy, Schumer, and Leahy sent a fantastic letter to Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, urging action on the backlog of pending naturalization applications at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a subject we've written on quite a bit here on the blog.

From the press release:

The senators are asking for information from the USCIS, specifically annual reports on immigration functions, including the average processing period of applications and detailing the quantity of backlogged applications and petitions, and the Department of Homeland Security's estimate of the cost of clearing the application backlog by the end of FY 2008.

Read the full letter here.