Implementing Immigration Reform in The Age of Belt-Tightening

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On May 30, 2007, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bureau announced an increase in fees for the processing of immigration benefit applications and petitions. The immigration benefits application processing system is almost entirely funded by the fees charged by USCIS. On September 20,2007, the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law held an oversight hearing on the fee increase. Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, testified that the fee increase would impose a prohibitive financial burden on countless immigrant families.

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