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Immigration Fees to Increase Dramatically

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Under a new proposal issued by the Trump Administration, the USCIS aims to substantially increase immigration application fees, including Naturalization fees by more than 60 percent and Green Card fees by some 56 percent.For example, the USCIS fee to apply for U.S. Citizenship would increase from the current $725 fee to $1,170 and Residency filing fees to adjust status inside the U.S. will go from $1,760 to $2,750, allowing the USCIS to charge immigrants a separate fee of $490 for the work permit and an additional $585 for the travel permit.Both fees are currently included in the residency application fee. Other fee increases include those for DACA applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which would rise from $495 to $765.The Department of Homeland Security published the fees increase notice in the Federal Register on November 14, 2019, leaving a short 30-day public period for comment, which is only half the normal 60 days given, ending on December 16, 2019.The new fees could go into effect at any time after that date. Unlike most government agencies, the USCIS is a fee-funded agency, which means that the costs for much of its services are funded by filing fees. According to revised calculation methods used by the acting director of USCIS Ken Cuccinelli, current fee levels would result in the agency being underfunded by approximately $1.3 billion per year. The last USCIS fee increase was in 2016, with only modest increases, when historically, fees for processing immigration applications have drastically increased over the years. For instance, in 1985, the application fee to apply for Naturalization was only $35, compared with the new proposed fee of $1,170!Critics say that the substantial proposed fees increases are just a way for the Trump administration to further restrict legal immigration, to get around long-standing immigration laws passed by Congress.The administration’s recent efforts to institute the “public charge rule” and health insurance requirements for immigrants have been temporarily defeated in the Federal courts, but that will likely not stop the administration from devising alternative methods to reduce legal immigration.The fee increase comes just as deadlines loom for many Green Card holders to apply for Citizenship in order to vote in the 2020 Presidential election. Once the increased fees go into effect, there is no doubt that many immigrants will no longer be able to afford to file immigration applications and fewer Residents (green card holders) will become citizens, which may, in fact, be the ultimate political objective.Likely the best gift a family member can give this holiday season is the gift of the Naturalization filing fee of $725 before the increase goes into effect!!last_img read more

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LeBron James unafraid to ask questions on the first day of Lakers training camp

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe chief difference from last year’s Lakers training camp just might be a willingness to talk. Compared to last year’s younger squad, which was relatively meek in such situations, this roster churns with chatter: players asking questions, veterans mentoring the youth, assistant coaches pushing everyone. That’s the soundtrack everyone wants to hear.Everyone is involved, but it helps that James sets the tone as he adapts to a new team for the first time in four years. Tuesday morning was an all-defense session, during which the newcomers had to learn the Lakers’ terminology.James said he’s had to pace himself as he gets started.“I’m not a very patient guy, but I understand that I have to be patient right now,” he said. “I got to be patient with myself too, because this is a new start for me. This is my first year here. This is my first year in the new system. I know how to play the game of basketball, but this is all new to me too.”There’s been a cursory eye cast on the relationship between James, an intelligent and strong-willed player, and Walton, the third-year coach and how they’ll get along. James said he’s been working well with Walton so far – and that’s all he can really say after the first day of training camp. BALL STILL SIDELINEDDespite Lonzo Ball’s declaration at the start of media day that he was “100 percent” cleared to participate, 100 percent might have different meanings to different people in the organization.Ball sat out Tuesday morning’s practice, out of concerns he’s not ready for contact, according to Walton. Ball was slated to practice Tuesday evening for offensive drills. He left the door for Ball to return as early as Wednesday to full participation.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“When he practices tonight, it’s non-contact, but we have a lot of running,” Walton said. “So we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. As long as he feels fine, he’ll take part in practice tomorrow and that will be contact, and we’ll see how he feels from that the next day and kind of keep building off that.”The Lakers have been cautious with Ball since his March injury that led to knee surgery this summer. While several teammates talked up Ball’s physical maturation this offseason, he’s yet to participate in full-contact five-on-five work, even in summer pick-up games. The Lakers have said it’s been in the interest of getting him adjusted to full contact and tempo.THREE-POINT PRIDEWhile some of the veterans, particularly Rajon Rondo, hoped for a quick scrimmage to end practice, the Lakers instead opted for a 3-point shooting contest. It had a surprising result: A team of Rondo, Michael Beasley, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope beat James’ team of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lance Stephenson. PreviousEL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James catches a pass during Tuesday’s first training camp practice session in El Segundo. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a pass during a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsEL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the press after a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the press during a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers during a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: JaVale McGee during a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. 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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers during a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers during a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: Moritz Wagner of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs during a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Brandon Ingram, LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Lance Stephenson of the Los Angeles Lakers line up for a pass during a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs as he leaves the court after a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 25: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the press after a Los Angeles Lakers practice session at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 25, 2018 in El Segundo, California. 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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandEL SEGUNDO — Even the brightest pupil has questions on the first day of class.As the Lakers began defensive drills during their first session of training camp Tuesday morning, they were coaching contesting with closeouts. The first query came from LeBron James, who wanted to know if the hand he was using in the drill was the correct one.Coach Luke Walton admired the attention to detail – and the fact that he piped up quickly.“It gets answered and now we have done a better job of learning it as a group,” he said. “Just little things like that you see right away having vets on the team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “Give me some time,” James quipped after a reporter asked him about chemistry with Walton. “It’s only two hours. Give me some time, please.” For a team now in two-a-days (with an offense and conditioning session scheduled for Tuesday nights), a little fun was welcomed.“We were just having fun with a game,” Rondo said. “Just get the competitive juices going at the end since we didn’t get the scrimmage, we did it as far as competition and shooting.”last_img read more