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Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007: An Important Step Towards Addressing Barriers to Citizenship

March 07, 2007

Washington, DCToday, the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 was introduced in both Houses of Congress.  The bill, if enacted, would reexamine the recently-announced fee increases for citizenship processing at USCIS and reexamine the process by which fees are charged for immigration-related processing.  The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington.

We applaud the Senators and Representatives who have introduced the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 and urge its passage.  We have been increasingly concerned about barriers to citizenship erected in recent years and particularly alarmed by the recent announcement of large fee increases.  This legislation will ensure progress towards a fair fee structure for immigrants seeking citizenship, eliminate bureaucratic obstacles and delays that prevent some from becoming citizens, and provide needed Congressional oversight on this important government service in the future.

Applying for and being granted citizenship is the ultimate expression of faith in America as immigrants embrace our culture and values and seek the ultimate American Dream.  Citizenship has always been a cornerstone of our immigration system and the golden ring to which most immigrants aspire.

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) in particular have demonstrated leadership on this issue, but all of the original co-sponsors in the House and Senate are to be praised for their vision.  Immigrant families struggling to make a way for themselves in this country and integrate into American communities may not know these leaders yet, but they will have them to thank when this legislation becomes law.


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