USCIS’s New Mission Statement – Removes ‘Nation of Immigrants’

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they changed their agency’s mission statement to REMOVE the passage “a nation of immigrants”!  The USCIS mission statement has already been changed and you can review it on the USCIS “About Us” web page which includes the new mission statement along with their core values.


Below is a comparison of the old and new mission statements:

New version of USICS’s Mission Statement:

”U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.

Previous (old) version of USCIS’s Mission Statement:

“USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.”


Please read the USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna’s letter introducing (explaining) the new USCIS mission statement, “USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna on New Agency Mission Statement”.



Source of Information:, 2/22/18, News Article:

America No Longer A ‘Nation Of Immigrants,’ USCIS Says, 2/22/18, News Release:

USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna on New Agency Mission Statement, 3/6/18, Web Page:

USCIS – About Us – Mission Statement