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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has approved a request by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to reinstate 300 furloughed employees, a senior DHS official told the Washington Examiner.
The personnel have been out of work 30 days as a result of the partial government shutdown but will head back to the office Tuesday and will be paid for their work, the official said. Employees of the Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate and other components of USCIS were notified Monday that they will be required to return to work in a day.
The article goes on to state the following:
The group of reinstated personnel are from the agency’s E-Verify office, which oversees a program that companies can use to validate a job applicant’s legal ability to work in the country.
“USCIS is fortunate that our highly trained and experienced E-Verify staff are returning to help support the agency’s mission in other capacities until their program is fully functional. We’re thankful for their patience and flexibility during this time,” USCIS spokesman Michael Bars said in a statement.
KBZK further reported:
Citizenship and Immigration Services and a portion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency make up the majority of the DHS workforce that continued to report to work and to be paid during the shutdown from other than annual appropriations, according to a DHS official.
The E-Verify staff was an exception. It has been in furlough status since the shutdown began on Dec. 22.
“As you can imagine we are thrilled to have them back in our ranks, however, we continue to support all government employees who are working without pay and those who are not working,” said Danielle Spooner, the president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 119, which represents Citizenship and Immigration Services employees.
Notices were sent to the some 300 E-Verify staff stationed around the country informing them they had to report to work this week and would be reassigned to other jobs until the end of the shutdown.
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