Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to send a five-signature letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf to oppose a proposed federal rule that would increase application fees for immigrants:

“This Administration has launched yet another targeted attack against hardworking immigrants by proposing to increase the fee to process citizenship applications by 83 percent in order to price out low-income and working-class immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens. Under this proposal, the cost for U.S. citizenship applications would rise from $640 to $1,170.

Under this Administration, the United States is on track to become one of only four nations in the world to charge asylum seekers a fee to seek humanitarian protections. Asylum seekers would be charged a $50 fee to process their application and another $490 for a work permit, which runs contrary to this county’s long-standing pledge to aid and protect vulnerable children and families who are fleeing persecution and death threats in their native countries. This is a heinous and heartless proposal for a nation that has benefited from, and was founded upon, the hard work of immigrants.

This Administration’s proposed fee schedule is a reflection of its outright hostility and contempt for all forms of immigration. These unreasonable increases are a tactical move to put up financial barriers for lawful immigrants who seek a path to U.S. citizenship. As the U.S. Supreme Court reviews this Administration’s push to end the DACA program, the federal government has proposed to increase the cost for hundreds of thousands of DREAMers to renew their DACA status from $495 to $765.

To add insult to injury, more than $200 million of the revenues raised by these fee increases will be transferred over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to bolster ICE’s efforts in arresting, investigating, detaining, and deporting immigrants. This reprehensible proposal, which is nothing more than a calculated move to shift the burden of immigration enforcement squarely onto the shoulders of our immigrant communities, is immoral and abhorrent. This is not who we are as a country, and we must demand more from this Administration.

The Board of Supervisors opposes this disgraceful proposal. I stand in solidarity with the 3.5 million immigrants who call LA County home.”

With the approval of today’s Board motion, LA County will also send a five-signature letter in opposition of this proposed rule to the County’s Congressional Delegation, submit a comprehensive public comment in dissent, and monitor legal action so that the Board may consider joining litigation to challenge this federal proposal and prevent it from taking effect.

Today’s action marks the 48th immigration motion Supervisor Solis has authored to protect, defend, and fight for the rights of immigrants since the 2016 presidential election. Her efforts include a motion to contribute $3 million to the LA Justice Fund and the creation of the first-ever County Office of Immigrant Affairs. To view a complete list of these actions, please click here.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov