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File #: RES 19-2199    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 12/18/2019
Title: Supporting the expansion of access to citizenship, lawful permanent residency, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), asylum, and other forms of immigration status and benefits; and opposing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' proposed fee increases, which would cause great harm to our city and substantially limit access based on wealth and disposable income.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Dai Thao, Jane L. Prince, Kassim Busuri, Mitra Jalali, Rebecca Noecker, Chris Tolbert
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Supporting the expansion of access to citizenship, lawful permanent residency, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), asylum, and other forms of immigration status and benefits; and opposing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' proposed fee increases, which would cause great harm to our city and substantially limit access based on wealth and disposable income.

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WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul is a welcoming and inclusive city that welcomes immigrant and refugees; and,

WHERAS, the City of Saint Paul recognizes the strength, diversity, and prosperity that immigrants and refugees contribute to our city; and,

WHEREAS the City of Saint Paul is dedicated to investing in strategies that further welcome immigrants and refugees and has repeatedly affirmed our commitment to protecting our immigrant communities; and,

WHEREAS, newly naturalized citizens become further civically engaged, including by voting, on average earn more, and are able to contribute more fully to the economy; and,

WHEREAS, immigrants who are eligible for lawful permanent residency have deep roots in our country, are a critical part of our families and communities, and contribute greatly to our economy; and,

WHEREAS, recipients of DACA have grown up here, know no other home and enjoy broad public support to become full-fledged Americans; and

WHEREAS, asylum seekers have a legal and human right to seek asylum and our domestic and international obligations require that we allow them that right; and

WHEREAS, U Visa holders and other recipients of humanitarian-based visas should not be priced out of the opportunity to remain with their families;

WHEREAS, the recently proposed rule by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would, if implemented, increase the citizenship application by 83 percent, from $640 to $1,170; increase fees related to lawful permanent residency from $1,225 to $2,195; increase DACA renewals from $495 to $765; charge for t...

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