AILA: Advocacy Groups File Lawsuit Challenging New USCIS Rule Imposing High Fees on Immigrants

Public Citizen, on behalf of immigrant advocacy groups Ayuda, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and CASA de Maryland, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that USCIS’s new fee rule, which was issued on August 3, 2020, and is set to take effect on October 2, 2020, will unlawfully force immigrants seeking naturalization, asylum, employment authorization, and humanitarian protections to pay high fees. The plaintiffs request that the court set aside the new fee rule on the ground that Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, who approved it, is ineligible to serve in that position. They also contend that the rule is based on incomplete and unsupported justifications, violates several provisions of the INA, and failed to comply with the rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

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