Is USCIS rooting against you? Hi, I'm Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer, practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, San Diego and Washington, DC. The question is, is USCIS rooting against you? Do they want to deny your case? And I honestly believe with all my heart, and after 14 years in the game, that they are rooting against you. They are looking for way is to deny you. They're not trying to help you. They're not your friends. They're not doing what they can to weigh the evidence, and decide fairly whether or not you get the immigration benefits sought. In fact, what they're doing is they're looking for ways to deny your case.
I thought this was true under President Obama, I know it to be true under President Trump. And from what I've seen so far from USCIS and the state department, there's been nothing, no indication, zero, that they've done anything to change that culture of looking for ways to screw you. So in reality, USCIS is rooting against you. They're scrutinizing your case with all these alleged fraud detectors, all these methods they think they have to figure out if a case is fraudulent or should be denied. They're leaning towards denial. They're saying to themselves, "Well, we'll deny it and see if they appeal, or if they challenge it."
They know what power they have, and they're abusing it. And we shouldn't put up with it, we shouldn't be satisfied with it, but we do need to accept it. We do need to accept it because when we accept it, then we can put ourselves in a position to stomp their butts, to override them and overrule them with evidence, to make our cases so strong that they can't deny us. That's what we want. We want to have cases that are so strong that they can't deny us, and that really has to be your mindset.
So you have to get over this idea that they're out to help you, that they're trying to approve your case. You have to focus instead on overwhelming them with evidence, proving that you're entitled to the benefit, and then telling them to just shut up. That's really what we're talking about. That's the mindset, that's the approach, we're going to win this case.
Here's why we're going to win this case. This case is an approvable case. You should approve this case, and here's why, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. These are, this is why it's a real marriage, this is why I'm entitled to a Green Card, this is why my citizenship application should be approved. You have to win, and you have to fight hard to win. They're not just going to give it to you. They're not just going to bend over, clap you on the back and say, "Good job, Pedro. We're glad to welcome you to the United States and give you this Green Card." That's not how it works. They're saying, "How do we screw Pedro? How do we kick Pedro out of the country? How do I find something in this application to let me send it downstairs to ICE so they can begin deportation proceedings. That's their mindset. That's their goal. That's how they operate. And if anybody tells you different, they're smoking something.
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