City Council to US Immigration: don’t screw up a good thing

Earlier this week Council member Lorena Gonzalez, the chair of the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee, circulated a letter for her colleagues on the City Council to sign. The letter is addressed to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and raises concerns about their proposal to increase fees for naturalization. In particular: The fee for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, will increase from $595 to $640 — though they are also proposing a reduced fee of $320 for those whose household income is between  150% and 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. The application fee for form …

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This week in Council Chamber

Happy Independence Day! With the holiday, the usual Monday meetings have been moved to Tuesday, and the usual Tuesday committee meetings will be on Friday. Tuesday morning’s Council Briefing should be brief — there are no presentations scheduled.  Tuesday afternoon’s Full Council meeting should also be short as there is only one legislative matter on the agenda and it’s expected to sail through with little discussion and no controversy. On the other hand, this week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar is packed with new legislation, including: a resolution beginning the hearing process for Swedish Health Services’ application for an alley vacation …

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