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August 01, 2007

Rep. Lofgren Introduces Bill to Void Immigration Fee Increases

For Immediate Release: July 30, 2007 CONTACT: Pedro Ribeiro 202-225-3072, pedro.ribeiro@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today introduced a bill to void the recent increases in immigration fees by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The bill would void the new fee structure set to take effect today and reinstate the previous fee structure. The bill also states that USCIS has consistently failed to reduce application backlogs and has suffered from a lack of transparency and effective management.

"Our immigration services need to move into the 21st century," stated Rep. Zoe Lofgren. "But, USCIS has consistently failed to explain or justify the amounts and distributions of this new fee increase. While I agree that USCIS needs to modernize its existing infrastructure and procedures, they must do so in a transparent and open manner. After repeated requests over several months, USCIS has yet to provide Congress with a detailed plan for its infrastructure modernization efforts. Our immigration system should be both effective and fair; sacrificing one to achieve the other should not be an option."

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 1, 2007 02:39 PM

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