Some articles online claim USCIS is out of money and has no choice but to shut down.
The agency, which handles critical immigration tasks like processing visa applications and screening refugees, faces a $1.2 billion deficit this fiscal year. Without the money, it says, it will have furlough more than 13,000 workers and halt its much-needed services. Doing so would leave refugees, asylum seekers, and others in vulnerable situations waiting even longer for the immigration decisions they desperately need.
This simply is not true. See letter from the Senate.
Law makers are asking USCIS to postpone the furlough for this very reason. The media has been reporting on this:
In light of the revised forecast, Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Homeland Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have asked USCIS Deputy Policy Director Joseph Edlow and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to postpone planned worker furloughs.
"You must not sit by as thousands of American jobs are on the line, particularly during a time of unprecedented unemployment." Leahy and Tester wrote in a July 21 letter. "We hope you will do everything in your power to ensure that the hardworking Americans carrying out the critical mission of USCIS do not go without a paycheck this fiscal year."
USCIS seems to have been caught in a lie about their financial situation in order to justify this furlough and attempt to get government funding.
LETTER FROM SENATE MEMBERS