Saturday, November 16, 2019

Who pays for immigration applications?

Here’s a question that takes us down into the weeds on the subject of immigration and asylum. Doing all the work required to process an application for citizenship or asylum by an alien costs money. Given the number of people we’re processing these days, it adds up to quite a bit. So who pays for that? While it may come as a surprise to some, it’s actually not supposed to be the taxpayers. The costs incurred by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is primarily funded by fees charged to those seeking admission to the country. Or at least it would be if we were taking in enough money to pay for it all.
With that in mind, the Trump administration is proposing a revamp of the current fee structure, increasing the cost for immigration applications and adding a new fee for asylum claims. (Via Bronson Stocking at Townhall)
The Trump administration plans to raise fees on various immigration applications and impose a $50 fee on asylum claims, the Daily Caller has reported.
In a statement released on Friday, Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency funded almost entirely by fees, will be raising fees in order to match increasing expenditures. The administration’s proposed fee rule will be added to the Federal Register on Nov. 14.
“USCIS is required to examine incoming and outgoing expenditures, just like a business, and make adjustments based on that analysis. This proposed adjustment in fees would ensure more applicants cover the true cost of their applications and minimizes subsidies from an already over-extended system, ” Cuccinellii said.
As usual, the actual reason for this change is very different from how it’s already being put through the spin cycle in the media. The reality is that USCIS is currently projected to be underfunded to the tune of $1.3 billion this year. These fee changes would go at least some way toward closing the gap.
Read the rest of the story HERE and follow link below to a related Story:

WSJ: Trump Administration Proposes Increasing Fee for U.S. Citizenship Application

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