The cost of becoming a citizen,is it too much?

The Bush administration Wednesday proposed raising immigration fees by an average of 66 percent, saying U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that processes applications, needs more money to do its job. Because Congress doesn't fund the agency directly, fees cover almost all its nearly $2 billion annual budget. "The new fees reflect the growing costs of keeping our national immigration service secure and efficient," agency Director Emilio Gonzalez said Officials say the fees would let themprocess applications 20 percent faster by the end of 2009. The agency has suffered from long backlogs for years. The average waiting time now is about six months, though some applicants can wait much longer for citizenship or green cards, which confer permanent legal residence. Several recent government audits and outside reports have criticized the agency, faulting it for long backlogs, an inability to put new computer systems in place and failing to pay enough attention to security background checks. But immigration lawyers and activists said the hikes could make it impossible for many immigrants to get benefits they qualify for and questioned whether the increases would improve the government's ability to process applications. Others worry that higher prices could deter immigrants seeking legal status. The total cost to apply for citizenship would rise to $675 from $400. The fee for a green card would rise to $985 from $395.

Asked By: Yakuza - 2/1/2007
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The increased fees are a result of NOT hiring cheap labor to do an important job... More
Answered By: RENEGADE. - 2/1/2007
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Those people are stupid. If money is the issue, then they have proven to be capitalistic failures and should go home. It's the wait time that affects the most people.
Answered By: iLLegal Mexican - 2/1/2007
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