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We Are a Nation of Refuge, Not Rejection
Speak up before December 30: Say no to increased citizenship costs
US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is proposing to change fees on many applications. This proposed change would:
• Raise the cost of applying for citizenship from $640 to $1170
• Impose a first-ever $50 on people wanting to apply for asylum
• Eliminate the fee waiver, which allows many low-income immigrants to apply for free
Comments will be accepted at these websites until Monday, December 30th at 1 pm PST.
Here are some helpful things to know:
• The World Relief Seattle office helped 161 people apply for citizenship in FY19. The majority of these people were able to access a fee waiver so that they didn’t have to pay. Under this new regulation, this fee waiver would be eliminated.
• The fee hike is essentially a wealth test for people to become U.S. citizens.
• Did you know? In 2002, it only cost $260 to apply to become a U.S. citizen. If approved, the new fee would be more than 4 times that amount.
• Tip: the federal government has to review each unique comment submitted. By submitting a comment, you’re helping postpone the possible implementation of fee hikes, giving people more time to apply at the lower fee.
• Tip: personalize your comment! When you send a template response, the government can quickly review it. By sending a personalized comment, it takes more time, thereby delaying the implementation of the fee hike.
The Time is Now: Advocate for Asylum & Refugee Resettlement
We are calling on Members of Congress to do everything in their power to end the administration's attacks on asylum seekers and return refugee resettlement to historic norms—95,000 refugees per year. The administration has already dismantled the U.S. asylum system and refugee resettlement program. Admitting refugees in numbers as low as 18,000 a year has grave long-term implications for refugee resettlement.
For decades, the U.S. has simultaneously resettled refugees and operated the asylum system. The need for one does not diminish the other, and more people needing safety is no reason to restrict access to protection. For example, during the 1980s, the U.S. admitted more than five times the number of refugees (through resettlement and asylum) than were admitted last year.
As people who care about refugees - abroad and at our doorstep - we must make our voices heard. Join us in demanding that Congress stop the administration from ending asylum and refugee resettlement!
CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to do everything in your power to protect the U.S. asylum system & refugee resettlement program from being decimated by the administration. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration stops its attacks on asylum seekers and commits to resettling as many refugees as possible in 2020. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."
Use the links below to tweet the following message to President Trump, The White House, and your senators and representatives:
My community stands with ALL refugees! The U.S. should continue to resettle #refugees! #wewelcomerefugees
Annual Refugee Admissions to the United States Since 1980
Stand with immigrant families in detention
Urge your Senators and Representative to:
- End the policy of separating and jailing families. Demand that President Trump, DHS Secretary Nielsen, and Attorney General Sessions end family separation and detention through social media, letters, appropriations, and in Congressional hearings
- Support efforts to defund family separation in appropriations and decrease funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices within the Department of Justice
- Urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor the following legislation:
S. 3036 – Keep Families Together Act
R. 2572 – Protect Family Values at the Border Act
R. 5950/S.2937 – the HELP Separated Children Act
R. 2043/S. 2468 – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018* More info from KIND Kids in Need of Defense found here
H.R.3923 - Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act