Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 Introduced in Both Chambers

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07030874 (posted Mar. 8, 2007)"

On 3/7/07, Senator Barak Obama (D-IL) and Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (S. 795/H.R. 1379). The bill would authorize U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to request and receive appropriations to make up the difference between fees charged to applicants and the full resources needed to fund operations and infrastructure.

By authorizing such appropriations, the Citizenship Promotion Act would alleviate the need for substantial fee increases recently proposed by USCIS and prevent mounting costs from becoming a barrier to citizenship. AILA strongly supports passage of this legislation and issued a press release lauding introduction of the bill on 3/7/07.

Original cosponsors of the Citizenship Promotion Act include Senators Bingaman (D-NM), Menendez (D-NJ), and Salazar (D-CO), and Representatives Abercrombie (D-HI), Grijalva (D-AZ), Honda (D-CA), Pastor (D-AZ), Reyes (D-TX), Schakowsky (D-IL), and Solis (D-CA