Nadler, Lofgren, Lowey, Roybal-Allard, Feinstein, Durbin Submit Comment Opposing USCIS Proposal to Increase Processing Fees for Citizenship and Asylum Seekers
December 31, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), along with House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), Homeland Security Appropriations Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration Ranking Member Dick Durbin (D-IL), submitted comments toU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) opposing the agency’s latest proposed fee rule, which would dramatically hike fees forimmigration benefits, including those for asylum seekers and DACA recipients, and eliminate nearly all fee waivers and exemptions. As noted by the Members, the proposed fee increase is based on an incomplete and flawed cost analysis, undermining Congress’s ability to conduct oversight.It would also prevent poor families and vulnerable individuals from obtaining immigration benefits, including naturalization, and would make no measurable improvement to USCIS’s historically high case backlog.
A full version of the comments can be found here.
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