Mano a Mano Call to Action

Rebecca K Announcements

Kate has passed along this notice from Mano a Mano about the Supreme Court hearing on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

From Mano a Mano–

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court held a hearing for the future of the DACA program, which protects nearly 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. A decision based on Tuesday’s arguments will come anywhere between January to June of 2020. Currently, DACA is available for renewal to previous recipients. New applications are still not being accepted.

While the future of the DACA program and its recipients are still in limbo, U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a proposal to increase the application fee for DACA and other immigration benefits (see attached pdf for more details). USCIS’s proposal published Thursday, November 14, 2019:

  • Increase DACA application fee from $495 to $765
  • Increase Citizenship (N-400) application fee from $640 to $1,170
  • New asylum application fee of $50


A 30-day commenting period on this proposal opened on 11/15/2019 and all comments must be submitted by 12/16/2019.  I urge you to submit your comments here explaining why you do not agree with USCIS’s proposal to increase the fees. Some talking points can include:

  1. Asylum seekers should not have to pay for an application. If someone fears being persecuted then no amount of financial hardship should prevent them from being able to seek protection. It is more important to protect someone from persecution than it is to receive payment for the services you are providing. Never has the US charged asylum seekers for this service!
  2. This is another attempt from the current administration in preventing undocumented immigrants from obtaining any kind of legal status. The proposed USCIS fees along with the attempt to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census, the multiple ICE raids happening across the country, the crisis at the southern border, and the new public charge rule are all attacks on our immigrant community! The diversity in our country has always been our greatest strength.
  3. The proposed DACA application fee is unreasonable and will prevent young students, business owners, and civic leaders from renewing their work permit and maintaining protection against deportation. They were brought into this country, some only a few months old. The United States is the only place they recognize as home and they do not deserve to be treated in such an inhumane way. They should no longer be used as bargaining chips. They are human beings who are deeply affected by the many changes this administration has made.

Feel free to elaborate and make it personal by mentioning how the change in fees will directly affect you and your community. If you need support in sending the comment, feel free to reach out!