Check this out! The Register is reporting today that Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) is intoducing legislation to reverse the recent fee increases for immigration services. As of now, fees for most immigration services have been increased with the hikes taking effect together. For instance, the cost of naturalization is increasing by 69 percent to $675 for each application, including the cost of fingerprinting. So who can afford the fee hikes? Probably not most of the people who want to come here, and are trying to make it here legally.
“Our immigration services need to move into the 21st century,” Lofgren said in a statement. “But USCIS has consistently failed to explain or justify the amounts and distributions of this new fee increase. After repeated requests over several months, USCIS has yet to provide Congress with a detailed plan for its infrastructure modernization efforts. Our immigration system should be both effective and fair. Sacrificing one to achieve the other should not be an option.”
So what do YOU think about this? Do you think these fee hikes for immigration services are justified? Or should these fee hikes be revoked? Is this a good way to raise money? Or will this discourage immigrants from coming here legally?
I know there’s been a “surge” of applications for US citizenship of late, as people sought to apply before the fee increases came into place. Even local elected officials like Assembly Member Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) have been offering citizenship workshops to help immigrants apply for citizenship ASAP, before the fee hikes came into place. So what happens now? Will immigrants now be discouraged from going through the legal process due to the excessively high costs?
Come on, now. You know what to do. Make my day- Fire away! 🙂