Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Reps. Olson & Garcia Urge Expedited Help For Houstonians

March 29, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Pete Olson (TX-22) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) led the Houston Congressional delegation in a bipartisan letter to the director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service inquiring about the significant delays the Houston region has faced in the processing of immigration applications. An individual applying for a green card or citizenship in Houston on average, faces months of additional delay compared to those in cities of similar size and diversity. Olson, Garcia and other Houstonians are also requesting assistance from Congressional leadership to address this issue as they develop spending priorities for fiscal year 2020.

“Houstonians and their families should not suffer critical travel and immigration delays simply based on location,” Rep. Pete Olson said. “We have a system in place to help process these requests in a timely manner for our constituents. I urge USCIS to allocate additional resources to address this backlog and help those who need assistance. I’m proud to work with Rep. Garcia and our Houston colleagues to fix this issue and keep our Houston economy growing.”

 “The delays for green card and naturalization applications in the Houston Area are unacceptable,” Rep. Sylvia Garcia said. “These burdens directly affect hard-working families and their communities by hindering law-abiding residents from achieving security and stability in their lives. These residents make valuable contributions to our local economy and they deserve a quicker turnaround than a 24 month wait. We must do better.”

Click here to read the letter. The bipartisan letter was signed by Houston-area Representatives Olson, Garcia, Weber, Jackson Lee, Babin, Fletcher, Crenshaw, Brady, McCaul and Green.


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