Christal Hayes, USA TODAY Published 5:39 p.m. ET Aug. 25, 2020 | Updated 12:12 p.m. ET Aug. 26, 2020CLOSE Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan described efforts of the agency’s task during the coronavirus pandemic saying, “illegal immigration, it continues — putting American lives at risk.” (August 6) AP DomesticWASHINGTON – A plan to furlough about two-thirds of the federal workers tasked with offering citizenship, green cards and visas to immigrants – which would have effectively brought the nation’s immigration system to a standstill – was canceled Tuesday, days before employees would have been removed from the payroll. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it reversed course on its plan to furlough 13,400 of its 20,000 employees Aug. 30 “as a result of unprecedented spending cuts.”The agency, which is under the Department of Homeland Security, is funded by money it makes from fees. The number of petitions seeking entry into the USA has decreased amid the coronavirus pandemic.The number of petitions over President Donald Trump’s first term had already seen decreases as his hard-line immigration policies became a central theme of his presidency. The president and his administration has made the process more rigorous for those seeking entry.As a result of the pandemic,

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