Immigrants to pay dearly for citizenship

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is accepting comments through today about its proposal to drastically increase the fees immigrants must pay to apply for citizenship.

The White House Web site states that U.S. immigration policy should create a temporary worker program "without animosity" and that will "promote assimilation into our society." The GOP's Web site goes further, saying comprehensive immigration policy should promote compassion.

Yet, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has submitted a proposal to double the cost of applying for citizenship, raising it from $330 to $595. The cost of applying for a green card would increase 300 percent!  Based on the USCIS' proposal, the naturalization and fingerprinting for a family of four - two adults and two children - would run about $2,430.

That is a tidy sum and perhaps unreachable for workers who are already on the bottom rung, doing the most undesirable and most poorly paid work.

Now there is wind that even more penalties might be imposed on immigrants seeking citizenship. These are hardly compassionate acts, ones that harm families and people who doing back-breaking work.

Today is the last day to submit comments to its Web site, www.regulations.gov, or e-mail OSComments@dhs.gov. Be sure to include the identification DHS Docket No. USCIS-2006-0044.

For more information, check out www.acorn.org

Tags: ACORN, citizenship, immgration policy, Immigrants, Immigration Reform (all tags)

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