US Immigration - ridiculous hike in fees! Is this fair?

United States
July 11, 2007 4:57pm CST
The US Immigration is increasing their fees...some as high as 66%!!! For example, if an American marry a foreigner and apply for the I-130 (petition for alien relative), it will now cost $335 compared to $190! To renew a green card, it will be $370 and citizenship will be $675. Some reform, huh? Charge the hell out of those who do it right. Do you think this is fair? Why do those who do it the right way get treated worse than the illegal immigrants in this country?
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• United States
26 Jul 07
taxes have been going up since 1913..and the 16 th ammendment..most of the Federal Taxes are illegal and the gov't has been losing cases as the lawyers for the people protesting their taxes have been winning. The income tax of 1914 were never legal in the first place..Aaron Russo has a CD explaining this situation..he is like Michale Moore in investigating the fraud if the American INCOME AND SATE AND LOCAL TAXES.. Since the big three is failing and a lot of smaller industries too..who is going to pay the taxes now that industry is being outsourced over seas? Yep, the American people...get ready for a bumpy ride..
• United States
26 Jul 07
Sigh....unfortunately....that's what we all have to endure...
@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
16 Jul 07
It cost my son and I thousands to get from Samoa to USA. We had to go through the US Embassy in New Zealand to enter the USA. The fees were phenomenal and on top of that the airfares to get us this far were expensive too. I am thankful we both have our green cards but I tell ya, the process was lengthy and expensive. And now they are thinking of increasing the costs? it is unfair for those who are willing to go the extra mile to enter the USA legally.
• United States
17 Jul 07
But even now, they are increasing the price to renew the green card. So, it will still and continue to affect you just as it did us :(
• United States
12 Jul 07
Yeah, well thank the conservatives for the hike in immigration fees; I don't mean that every conservative republican was in on it, but the political party has been concerned about immigration reform (funny that a hike in fees still amounts to a reform) for awhile now. In response to your question "why do those who do it the right way get treated worse than the illegal immigrants" has a simple but (and unfortunately) troubling answer: because they can. They can financially exploit those who legally registered as immigrants; in dealing with ILLEGAL immigrants, the only thing the government can do is ship them back. They aren't a citizen, nor do they have proper ID; that said, there is really nothing they can do it tax or hurt them financially, save sending them back. Deporting them is a sort of last ditch effort and may be more costly than just hiking legal immigrant fees. I'm guessing that's their motive.
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• United States
12 Jul 07
I guess you're right. It's because "they can".
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I have to agree with you, my friend...it seems that our government is penalizing the people who are trying to follow the rules and do things the way it is supposed to be done.... I can understand why a person might consider doing it less than the "correct way"...... I had never known what the costs were and they do seem to be awfully high....
• United States
12 Jul 07
Yes, it's not only expensive but also difficult and time consuming. I've had to renew my green card recently. And that's a pretty much straight-forward thing. Part of the process includes finger-printing. You would think that being a military wife, living so close to a military base and having lived here for so long as a lawful resident, they would have some sort of concession for me to get this finger-printing done easier. But NO...the only way I could have it done was to travel 6 hours (EACH WAY) to the closest place available in our state just to get my finger prints (which was like a 2 minute process!!). What do you make of that??!!
@maehan (1444)
• United States
12 Jul 07
You are good! Yeh, I wonder why too? I have came to US legally with visas and unable to get a sponsership to work. And, illegal immirgrant will be granted a visas Z and ultimately a citizen ---- get a job. Well, there is no fair or unfair, right or wrong in this case. Pretty dilema, I do wonder how the decision is being make?
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• United States
12 Jul 07
This is exactly what I mean. All those who try to do it legally get denied all kinds of things and the system not only makes it expensive but also difficult and time-consuming.
@cynddvs (2949)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I agree this is only making it harder for immigrants that are coming here and doing things the right way. If anything I think this will cause the population of illegal immigrants to go up even more rather than helping the situation.
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• United States
12 Jul 07
That's how I feel to. And it's so frustrating for people like us who are lawful and want to do the right thing. And you end up thinking..it is really worth it?
@sunshinecup (7880)
11 Jul 07
No it's not right and it's not fair. I am all about getting the illegals out of here, but for those that are doing it legally this is bull. Of course did we really think Bush and his cronies would pass a chance up on making a profit some where on this mess?
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• United States
12 Jul 07
I know. You would think they would make the process easier so people would be more willing to do it legally, right? But apparently, NOT!
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I definitely agree with you about this not being fair. It should be the opposite way around. The illegals should be given harsher treatment than those people who follow the rules and do it the right way. That is ridiculous how they are raising the fees. It is like our government is supporting illegal immigrants and supporting more crime in this country. A lot of things do not make sense with our government.
@nzinky (822)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Yes it's fair to raise the rates of immigration. In order to stay here they should have to pay more for coming here illegally. After all look what it cost us every year they are here. In California alone over five hospitals have had to close because of Illegals using the Emergancy Room as a doctors office. If you have ever had to set in a waiting room for ten hours to be seen by a doctor because there are people in front of you with a cold or they over ate then you would be upset to. Or if you ever had to take a family member home and have an added expensive of calling and ambulance because that's the only way they could get in to the emergancy room because of illegals you would feel that was the right thing to do. I think they should all be gathered up and taken back.
• United States
17 Jul 07
Not everyone who comes here does so illegally. There are plenty of people who come over here the right way so how is it fair that they have to pay an arm and a leg just to stay here when they could have taken the easy way out and came here illegally? People go overseas, fall and love and get married, they want to bring their spouse back to the states with them and now its going to cost them almost double to do so. Or those that come over on school or work visa's who want to stay longer or stay forever now have to pay a great deal more just to do so. All this is going to do is make the rate of illegalls go up more.
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• United States
17 Jul 07
Exactly my point! This is what happened to me. I don't really have a choice as I fell in love and married an American. It wasn't like I was purposely looking for a foreigner to get married to. I loved my life in my country and had everything going for me. But love conquers all, I guess :) So, I end up having to pay the price (literally...and lots and lots of it!) to get here so I can be with my husband.
@saralee1 (1983)
• United States
30 Jul 07
Is that all they charge? hey, think about it, you are coming to the US where your future children will live as US citizens, and you are complaining about several measly hundred dollars? If it were up to me, I'd charge every immigrant 50,000 so I could have the militia to kick out the illegals. ripe, but fair.