The following letter was prepared by Representative Paul Martin and Representative Lisa Hango on behalf of the Franklin County Legislative Delegation to be submitted to USCIS officials in response to the recent media reporting of growing facility concerns.
From: Franklin County Vermont State Legislative delegation
February 19, 2021
To Whom This May Concern:
For many years, the USCIS Service Center’s location in Saint Albans, Vermont has been an integral piece of our local economy as not only an exceptional employer but also a key piece of our downtown landscape. Its existence has been taken into consideration during all of the recent downtown development projects and in the business plans of many local establishments including restaurants, coffee shops, and others. It is our community’s honor to contribute to the important work that USCIS does here in our vibrant Rail City; we are exceptionally proud to host the Vermont Service Center.
Through conversations with our constituents who are currently employed by the USCIS Service Center, we understand that there is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty as your leadership begins to determine the next steps that you will be taking. Constituents are grateful to have been re-assigned to the Essex facility, retaining their jobs, although they are anxious about how long this will remain an option. Additionally, a significant percentage of them live beyond Saint Albans and wonder how they will manage the significantly added commute time in the long-term.
We, the Franklin County Legislative Delegation, strongly urge you to continue to explore all avenues to ensure that the USCIS Service Center can remain in the Downtown Saint Albans area for many years into the future. The loss of this Service Center would be devastating for our workforce and the surrounding businesses whose economic health depend on the presence of exceptional employers in our small communities. We trust that you will make the best decision to continue operations in Franklin Co in the community that has provided a talented, reliable workforce to the Vermont Service Center since its inception.
Franklin County Legislative Delegation
Rep Lisa A Hango
Rep Paul Martin