PHOENIX — The date roughly 13,000 employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services could be furloughed has been pushed back to the end of August.
The need for furloughs was based on a projection that the agency would have a large deficit at the end of September. But two Democratic senators said a revised estimate actually predicts a surplus.
It’s unclear where the extra money came from, said Steven Sahr, a union steward at the Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Phoenix.
“That, to me, is a little disingenuous, from our management, that $500 million was just found and added to our operations once the Appropriations Committee started shedding some light on it,” he said.
Sahr said furloughs have been rescheduled for the end of August, unless emergency funding for Citizenship and Immigration Services gets approved.
USCIS spokesperson Jessica Collins released a prepared statement.