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Employees at a major branch of the nation’s immigration-visa-granting agency overwhelmingly say promotions at the agency are based on nepotism, cronyism, and sexual favors, The Daily has learned.
The complaints come from a survey of employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s California Service Center, one of four major visa processing centers, where officers make decisions on more than 1 million cases each year.
The survey, exclusively obtained by The Daily, was conducted from Aug. 2-23 by the AFL-CIO’s American Federation of Government Employees Local 1200, which represents USCIS employees in Southern California.
Over half of the respondents said they believe officials there have advocated for the advancement of employees in return for sexual favors, and more than 80 percent said officials there have advocated for the advancement of friends and relatives.
And 19 of nearly 250 respondents in a survey of employees at the Laguna Niguel, Calif., center believe they “have suffered retaliation on account of refusing to provide sexual favors to a CSC official.”