From our partners at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
The New Americans Alliance is working with US Rep. Jan Schakowsky and other partners on sign-on letters to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano urging her to lower the fees for citizenship applications. Since citizenship fees rose to $675 in July 2007, citizenship has become further out of reach for thousands of immigrants. We want DHS to act immediately to lower the fee to $400, where it was before July 2007.
Rep. Schakowsky is circulating a “dear colleague” letter for her colleagues on Capitol Hill. (click here to see text). We are supporting her with the following sign-on letter for sign-ons by community organizations:
Dear Secretary Napolitano:
The undersigned organizations write in support of the letter from US Rep. Jan Schakowsky and her Congressional colleagues urging you to act now to reduce citizenship fees. The Bush Administration’s decision to increase fees from $400 to $675 in July 2007 has put citizenship further out-of-reach for thousands of hardworking, patriotic immigrants who want to fully participate in our democracy. We urge you to reduce the citizenship fee back to $400, and make the American dream of citizenship attainable again. Thank you for your consideration.
If your organization would like to sign on, please click here.
For more information read ICIRR’s report on the impact of the fee increase, Priced Out.