Proposed Rule on Fee Waivers Could Open the Door to Citizenship For Eligible Hard-Working Immigrants
Chicago – Today, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez praised a new proposed rule to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register that announces new guidelines for fee waivers for naturalization applications. Under the proposed rule, applicants whose income is between 150% and 200% of the federal poverty level can apply for a fee waiver that reduces the fee in half. This proposed rule will make a reduced price accessible to many more applicants. The current full fee (including biometrics) is $680, an expense that prevents some eligible applicants from applying and going through the English, civics and biometric/background examinations required for citizenship. A 6.6% increase in the fee for naturalization applications is also included in the proposed rule, a $45 increase, but that compares favorably to an overall 21% fee increase across all services and applications in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) proposed fee structure.
Chicago – Today, Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez participated in a citizenship event hosted by the Mexican consulate in Chicago and by local organizations participating in the New American Democracy Campaign (http://bit.ly/NADCHomeENG | http://bit.ly/NADCHomeESP). The Congressman spoke to volunteers and prospective citizens who gathered for a half-day workshop on Saturday morning.
Washington, DC – Today, in a letter to President Obama, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) called for Temporary Protected Status for Ecuadorians living in the United States as Ecuador recovers from a devastating April 16 earthquake. Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is extended to nations facing severe crisis from natural disasters and conflict and is designated by the President without the need for approval from Congress. In his letter to the President, Rep. Gutiérrez cited the many Chicagoans and other Americans he has met in recent days who are concerned for loved ones in Ecuador and who have asked him to lead the effort to secure TPS for Ecuadorians. TPS, if granted, would protect certain Ecuadorian nationals in the United States from deportation and allow for their continued support for the country through remittances.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacted to news that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce that a portrait of Harriet Tubman will adorn the U.S. $20 bill. POLITICO reports that Secretary Lew will also announce that Alexander Hamilton, the only immigrant on U.S. money, will remain on the face of the $10 bill.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Members released the following statements on the U.S. v. Texas oral arguments. The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
Gutiérrez, CHC and House Dems Confident Ahead of Monday’s Supreme Court Arguments on Immigration Case
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Democratic Caucus for a press conference in front of the Capitol to discuss the oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas on Monday at the Supreme Court. The case concerns the injunction against some of the President’s executive actions on immigration. Rep. Gutiérrez plans to attend the oral argument and a decision in the case could be announced in June. The Congressman’s remarks at the press conference – and a link to video – are pasted below.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives offering his analysis of the Republican proposal to address the debt crisis in Puerto, with a little help from a portrait of King George III of England. The Congressman, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, said “King George would be proud” of the GOP bill. Legislation, which is working its way through the Natural Resources Committee would create a federal Control Board that will have the power to “overrule the legislature and the Governor if it doesn’t like the budget and it can fast-track energy projects at the expense of the environment.” Mockingly, Rep. Gutierrez asked the portrait of King George if that level of colonial power sounded familiar.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in reaction to the release of draft legislation to address the debt crisis in Puerto Rico. The legislation is part of Speaker Paul Ryan’s effort to have the Republican-controlled House of Representatives address Puerto Rico’s financial situation this spring. On April 13, a hearing will be held in the House Committee on Natural Resources on Puerto Rico, and Rep. Gutiérrez and other Puerto Rican Members of Congress are expected to attend even though some are not Members of the Committee.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke during debate on a partisan vote in support of mass deportation and a resolution to authorize a “Friend of the Court” brief against the United States in a case on immigration to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court next month. It was a remarkably fiery address.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement as the Judiciary Committee meets today to reduce refugee admissions, the House prepares for a partisan vote tomorrow in support of mass deportation, and the President announces his nominee for the Supreme Court. At 10:00 am ET today, the House Judiciary Committee will mark-up a bill to slash refugee admissions and add new waiting times, restrictions, and delays for people fleeing persecution, a process that already can take years. Meanwhile, the House will vote Thursday on a Republican resolution authorizing a “Friend of the Court” brief in the case of United States v. Texas to be argued next month before the Supreme Court, aimed at making millions of individuals with U.S. citizen families and a decade or more of residence eligible for immediate deportation. This happens as Republicans say they will not even meet with the nominee the President puts forward today to fill a vacancy on the Court.