National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

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The Importance of Citizenship

February 04, 2014

As the House begins to consider what to do with the broken immigration system, this paper focuses on citizenship as a benefit not just to immigrants but also to the nation’s economy. By legalizing immigrants without providing them an opportunity to become citizens, we lose out on the additional economic boost the path to citizenship would bring to the U.S.

S. 744 - Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

July 02, 2013

This document briefly highlights the provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill, introduced on April 17, 2013, after it passed the Senate on June 27, 2013. (Updated July 2, 2013)

Letter to the President on Immigrant Integration

February 05, 2013

At the start of President Obama’s second term, more than 50 organizations signed a letter urging his administration to play an active role in helping immigrants become U.S. citizens. The letter outlines steps the administration might take to more effectively use government resources to help immigrants become Americans.

Making the Naturalization Process Less Daunting by Reforming the USCIS Fee Structure

September 22, 2011

This paper discusses fee increases in the naturalization process that have been driven in part by surcharges immigrants must pay on their naturalization and other fees to cover the costs of work done by the immigration agency that has little or nothing to do with the processing of the immigrant’s application. The paper briefly discusses a different approach for funding those activities not related to processing an immigrant’s naturalization or other application.

The Importance of Naturalization: Good for Immigrants, Good for America

September 15, 2011

This one-page paper explains that immigrants want to become citizens, and that is a good thing for America. Some obstacles to citizenship are discussed, with recommendations for overcoming them.

Modest Investment for Immigrant Integration Should be Preserved

May 27, 2011

Immigrant integration benefits our nation as a whole.  Our democracy is strengthened when eligible immigrants become citizens and participate fully in our society and political system.  A modest government investment in immigrant integration is threatened by a spending bill now being considered in the House.

Making the Fee Structure of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services More Transparent

May 27, 2011

USCIS has begun to move away from a model in which virtually all of its activities, including those having nothing to do with the adjudication of applications of fee-paying customers, are paid for by fees collected from those customers.  A House Appropriations bill would reverse that initiative, likely requiring USCIS to again raise fees to cover its costs.

House Spending Bill Proposes to Reverse Government Initiative to Integrate Immigrants

February 26, 2011

This backgrounder describes the history of a government initiative to help immigrants integrate, and explains how the Continuing Resolution passed by the House to fund the government for the remainder of the government’s fiscal year 2011 will eliminate funding for this important initiative.

Immigration Basics 2010

June 29, 2010

This publication covers basic facts and figures on immigrants in the U.S. and a basic explanation of U.S. refugee and immigration policies.

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