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Groups seek to cover application fee required by immigration law

Immigration remains a controversial issue sparking passionate opinions on both sides throughout the United States, including in New York. However, many immigrants' rights groups are taking steps to help those interested in becoming U.S. citizens according to the current immigration law. A total of 80 groups recently signed on to a proposal made by the New York City comptroller for a private-public fund that would help to cover the high citizenship application fee.

The 80 groups have representatives who include their names in a letter that the comptroller sent to the city commissioner for immigrant affairs. The letter cites the need to provide resources to immigrants in light of what the comptroller described as hostile policies instituted by President Trump. The comptroller asserted that covering the citizenship application fees could help communities and families to remain strong and grow the economy.

Some of the organizations that signed on to this letter include the Arab-American Association of New York, Make the Road New York and New York Immigration Coalition. Right now, applying for citizenship carries a price tag of $725. This fee has skyrocketed by 500 percent since the late 1980s.

According to the comptroller's plan, the city would provide $20 million and take private donations to help with the fees. Based on the current immigration law, many immigrants who are seeking citizenship face extra fees for English classes or legal representation as well. An attorney in New York can help those facing complex immigration issues, including obstacles to citizenship, in today's politically charged climate to ultimately achieve their unique goals as expeditiously as possible.

Source: nydailynews.com, "80 immigration groups sign on to Controller Scott Stringer's proposal for fund to cover citizenship fee", Jillian Jorgensen, May 29, 2017

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