A couple hundred new United States citizens were surprised to see their packets include a welcome letter from President Barack Obama. In what U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services press secretary Gillian Christensen is calling an administrative oversight, around 200 letters included a message from the former commander-in-chief, instead of Donald Trump.
Aisha Sultan, columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, posted a tweet on Friday revealing that her British-born husband was one of the recipients of these old welcome letters.
Maria Elena Upson, a spokeswoman for the USCIS, informed the Arizona Republic that a new letter and video message can take months to produce. "Following a change in administrations, it typically takes several months for a new letter and video message to be produced and distributed to USCIS field offices," she said. "During this interim period, USCIS does not provide a congratulatory letter or show a video message."
Of course, it probably does not help that Trump constantly has his
small hands full with other tasks. You know, by actively working to defend the shady activity of his campaign months before the election and consistently reworking legislation that bans individuals from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. At this point, crafting a letter and video welcoming new citizens to this country seems to be at the bottom of his to-do list.